Swami Krishnananda

Swami Krishnananda

That the Self exists is the first conclusion.  That the Self is everywhere is the second conclusion.  A third conclusion, which is intriguing and mind-boggling, also follows - namely, that the Self knows without knowing anything outside itself.  The question of knowing anything outside itself will not arise because of the fact that even the outsideness is enveloped and invaded by the very same Self, because of that something being an existence in the same way anything else exists.  This Self is, therefore, Universal Existence.  In Sanskrit, the Self is called the Atman.  The deepest recess of the knowing principle, subjectivity, which we call the Self, is known as the Atman in the Sanskrit language.  Inasmuch as it is an all-pervading universality, it is also known as Brahman, Absolute Existence.  So Acharya Sankara came to the great, great immortal conclusion that Atman is Brahman; the Self is Universal.

Swami Krishnananda


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Swami Krishnananda

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