The nature of the one Reality must be known by one’s own clear
spiritual perception; it cannot be known through a pandit
(learned man). Similarly the form of the moon can only be
known through one’s own eyes. How can it be known through others?
Who but the Atman is capable of removing the bonds of ignorance, passion and self-interested action?
Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the
identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit. It can
be achieved neither by Yoga (physical training), nor by Sankhya
(speculative philosophy), nor by the practice of religious ceremonies,
nor by mere learning. . . .
Disease is not cured by pronouncing the name of medicine, but
by taking medicine. Deliverance is not achieved by repeating the word
Brahman,’ but by directly experiencing Brahman. . . .
The Atman is the Witness of die individual mind and its operations.
It is absolute knowledge. . . .
The wise man is one who understands that the essence of
Brahman and of Atman is Pure Consciousness, and who realizes
their absolute identity. The identity of Brahman and Atman is
affirmed in hundreds of sacred texts. . . .
Caste, creed, family and lineage do not exist in Brahman. Brahman
has neither name nor form, transcends merit and demerit, is
beyond time, space and the objects of sense-experience. Such is
Brahman, and ‘ thou art That.’ Meditate upon this truth within
Supreme, beyond the power of speech to express, Brahman may
yet be apprehended by the eye of pure illumination. Pure, absolute
and eternal Reality such is Brahman, and ‘thou art That.’
The Atman is that by which the universe is pervaded, but which
nothing pervades; which causes all things to shine, but which
all things cannot make to shine