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THE SEVENTH AVATAR: SHREE RAAM
...........FROM AADHYAATMAA RAAMAAYAN...............
KNOWING YOUR OWN AATMAA.....
shiv-dev told paarvati-devi what was explained by shree
raam himself to hanumaan: (from aadhyaatmaa raamaayan,
chapter 1, slok 44 to 50):
"I shall tell you the truth about aatmaa
and anaatmaa (non-aatmaa)
and parmaatmaa (brhmah). aakaash
(space) is observed in three ways. The first one is mahaa-aakaash
(the great space) which pervades everything. The second one is the aakaash
containing all waters. This one is not different than the mahaa-aakaash
in spite of its association with waters. The third one is the reflection of
the mahaa-aakaash in waters.
In the same way chaitanya
(shakti or power of brhmah
which activates everything to life in the created universe) has three
modifications. The first one is the purnanm-thaa-param - the one which
pervades everything and is of the highest rank. The second is the one which is
what is experienced as buddhi (one
of the four modification of anta-karan
which makes us decide on issues of doubts with wisdom of past experiences).
The third one is the reflection of chaitaniya in buddhi. People
with distorted understanding mistakes the reflected chaitaniya in
buddhi, which is the doer of karma, as one's aatmaa. One's aatmaa
which is a witness only and thus a non-doer is partless and unchanging.
This mistaking turns an aatmaa into what is called a jiv. chaitanya
reflection in buddhi which is jiv and buddhi are
products of avidyaa (non-knowledge)
and hence both are a-satya (non-truth). brhmah on the other
end is indivisible and therefore partless. brhmah appears divided into
so many manifestations by maayaa. The mahaa-vaakya "tat
tvam asi" (You
are That (brhmah)) asserts the unity of brhmah and aatmaa.
When one recognizes the unity of one's aatmaa with brhmah by
hearing and meditating on the mahaa-vaakya "
tat tvam asi" then perishes the avidyaa and its
effect of ahankaar (due to which
one thinks the body is himself rather than himself being the aatmaa)."
Thus, we start learning about aakaash, the SPACE,
the FINAL FRONTIER, the start of learning about our own aatmaa (soul) from
shiv-dev in the following days to come.....as we learn ved you may
also want to visit the NASA web site as per the
News Item posted on AASHRAM NEWS page yesterday on this web
namah brhmah......om shaanti shaanti shaanti........om tat sat........