Atmabodha is a Sanskrit text attributed to Adi Shankaracharya, a great being who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta in the eighth century. Atmabodha consists of sixty-eight verses and describes the way to attain the knowledge of the Self, or Atman.
Atmabodha, 43; English rendering by Swami Nikhilananda, Self-Knowledge (Mylapore, Madras: Sri Ramaksrishna Math, 1947) p. 200.
What stood out for me most when I read this teaching were the words “destruction of ignorance by knowledge.” I have been following the Siddha Yoga path for many years, and for a long time I resisted the notion of study. I thought I could simply sit for meditation, and all knowledge would be unveiled through the grace of the Guru.
Then about ten years ago, I joined a sadhana
circle. We study Gurumayi's Message and the teachings with focus and dedication, and it is through acquaintance with the teachings and the scriptures that I feel I have made the most progress in sadhana
Through Gurumayi’s grace and my own efforts, I now see that I better understand my meditation experience and recognize Atman,
the Self, when it appears.
a Siddha Yogi from Hurlstone Park, Australia
When I received shaktipat diksha
, a new understanding came to me—that God's creation is made of bliss. I experienced the same bliss both inside and outside myself. I treasure shaktipat
as the dawn of my sadhana
As I follow the Siddha Yoga path, guided by Gurumayi, I find that my wrong understanding is disappearing more and more, and knowledge of the Truth is shining. As the darkness of duality fades away, my awareness of the light of unity is expanding.
a Siddha Yogi from Rodez, France
Inspired by this verse, I had a rich, multi-faceted satsang
with my inner Self this morning. I was feeling a bit moody, and I wanted to understand more deeply what Adi Shankaracharya meant by the word ignorance.
Some synonyms I found were forgetting
, not remembering
, and simply ignoring
As I entered within and asked myself what I was forgetting, supportive responses began to emerge—some specific to my situation today and other beautiful teachings that had slipped out of my awareness.
I realized that if I take time to turn within, open to remembering and focusing on what I know to be true, my contemplation process is grace-filled and carries the light of the Sun within.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the beautiful gift of this enlightening verse from Atmabodha
a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky , USA
This verse fills me with faith and gratitude.
When I received shaktipat
, it was as if the world had been in sepia and suddenly was flooded with light. Now, after decades of sadhana,
I often recognize the signs of dawn approaching: a deeper yearning, a rush of joy, or compassion, or love —or even a particularly tangled difficulty that presents a challenge to my understanding and perspective. Sensing this, I gratefully do what I can to open my heart to renewed light and awareness.
When the inner sun rises, it brings clarity and simplicity, as if I were standing still and filling my lungs with the early morning air. Each time, it is a new beginning, accompanied by immense gratitude for the wondrous presence in my life of Shri Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from Adelaide, Australia
These sacred words describe so beautifully the experience I had of the sun’s golden light shining within me during A Sweet Surprise
Satsang. When I remember Lord Surya and Gurumayi's presence in my life, I continue to experience that light.
I have been connecting with Lord Surya's golden beams within me—bringing these golden rays of light into my home as I talk with my children, into the offices I work from, into the supermarket I shop in, and wherever I go, whenever I remember the Guru’s light is within me. I feel sometimes like my own body dissolves into this pure light. It is a beautiful experience. I am very grateful.
a Siddha Yogi from South Yarra, Australia
Upon first reading this verse, I felt the words to be at once simple and yet, also inviting of contemplation so that they would not remain merely words but become my living experience. When I received shaktipat
, I felt within me a profound, life-changing dawn—when the light of my Self was fully revealed and experienced. Since then, more dawns, both dramatic and subtle, have arrived as veils of darkness lift and I become more and more accustomed to the brillliance of my Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
I feel so much compassion in these words. No matter how much darkness I may experience, no matter how often I may be misled by ignorance, I always have the opportunity to connect with the Self through the knowledge of the Truth that I have learned. This quotation has created a vivid image in my mind of the regal, exquisite sun rising on the horizon—yet another tool for remembrance of the Truth. So many pathways!
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Whenever I receive Gurumayi’s teachings, I begin to notice anew the brilliance of the many shades of light in the world. Learning from Gurumayi has liberated my senses to rejoice in the present moment, where I am better able to notice the light of the world, and appreciate the innumerable ways that the Self is shining in that moment. Through Gurumayi’s words, I have learned that "the dawn of knowledge" is eternal and abiding, and my own openness and presence in every moment determine whether or not I can discern it.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
This verse mirrors exactly a transforming experience I had recently in meditation. I truly felt as though the sun were shining inside me as I took in the remarkable effects of the insight that followed—warmth, joy, relief, light-heartedness, inspiration, faith.
All this came to the fore as I gave thanks to the Guru for the teachings and practices that light my way on the Siddha Yoga path.
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA