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.’
Perception is the medium by which ignorance is brought to knowledge. Yet the perception must be without deceit, for otherwise it becomes the messenger of ignorance rather than a helper in the search for truth.
Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. What needs no protection does not defend itself. Defense is of your making
“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Is it not, rather, ignorance to know all else without knowing oneself, the knower? As soon as one knows the Self, which is the substratum of knowledge and ignorance, knowledge and ignorance perish.