Thursday, 21 May 2015

Essence : Self knowledge is a real knowledge

Ashtaavakra Gita - Chapter 2: Verse 7
अष्टावक्र गीता 2:7
आत्मज्ञानाज्जगद् भाति आत्मज्ञानान्न भासते |
रज्ज्वज्ञानादहिर्भाति तज्ज्ञानाद् भासते न हि ||२- ७||

 From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself it appears no longer. From ignorance of the rope a snake appears, and by knowledge of it it appears no longer.

The world is perceived as Satya because of not knowing our true Self; once you know your true Self, the world no longer seems real. A coiled rope is mistaken for a snake, but when you obtain the knowledge that it is actually a coiled rope, the snake no longer seems real. When there is no snake there is no fear of venom also.

In reality only Self exists , an example of snake and rope is an indication for correct identification. 

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