TODAY'S aadhyaatmaa LESSON 4: ......learn about the pitfalls of sansaar (worldly existence) one lives in .....
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on December 15, 2002


Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) is blessed to continue today ....LEARNING ABOUT LIFE AND ITS SCIENCE....which in ved is called aadhyaatmaa - the science of aatmaa (soul)....aatmaa which empowers everything in this creation called universe, earth, humans, animals, plants, non-living beings, planets, solar systems, galaxies....some of which.... we see and we do not see....we understand and we do not understand....we believe and we do not believe, we fight for and do not fight for....we like and we do not like....we love and we hate....we are jealous about and we are indifferent about...we long for and we just do not want....all these perceptions which eternally exists in dual forms.....they are creations of brhmah who is the creator of aatmaa....who is the parmaatmaa or supreme aatmaa..

..THIS SCIENCE OF AATMAA is called aadhyaatmaa is key to our daily co-existence with our fellow creations....either to co-exist for happiness or an individual choice based on free will granted by our creator brhmah....

Learing is also sharing your knowledge with others...PVAF welcomes your knowledge for can share your knowledge on aadhyaatma with the rest of the humankind by posting on this web site by clicking on POST A COMMENT in the title of this item and write and share away as much as you want.....   

Please click on the next line for your 4TH LESSON in aadhyaatmaa....

Backgrounder To
 the science of aatmaa (soul)

All the rushio and munio of vedik lifestyle were inspired to reveal to humanity all the knowledge of creation, sustenance of creation and absorption of creation back into the sub-creators and ultimately into the creator brhmah.

This knowledge is called ved. 

shree krishna says in the beginning of Chapter 4 of bhagvad gitaa that his knowledge called ved which is being forgotten by the mankind because it stopped being handed down from father to the son during the end stage of dvaapar-yug. End of dvaapar-yug was when shree krishna said the above to arjun on the day of the start of the mahaa-bhaarat war some 5000 years ago. The loss of ved increase in the present era of kali-yug which is only 5104 years old this year and has another 426,896 years to go before satya-yug of the next mahaa-yug dawns. In the present era of kali-yug ved is being revived and remembered through to a physical extent through what we call current or modern science.

Our creator brhmah inspires us with ved knowledge when we pray. Those of our parents who live vedik lifestyle inspires their children when the parents and the children stay continually connected with each other and serve each other according to dharma of each with respect, reverence and gratitude. Our teachers inspire us continuously when we offer ourselves as students whose dharma is a wish to have continual, uninterrupted and unending desire to learn for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Our spouses inspire us continuously when we stay connected to them continually for mutual respect, reverence, gratitude, love and care and for upholding the mutual dharma of gruhastha-ashram through our married life. Our children inspire us continuously when we stay continually connected to them for nurturing and guiding their life growth through the dharma of parenting, guiding and friendship.

Everyone in the entire creation inspires us if we continually co-exists in tittiksh mode based on compliance to ritt and satya. Compliance to ritt means living live by abiding by the universal laws which sustains all creation based on dharma which is the operating and controlling system of creation to sustain itself. Compliance to satya means living life based on what is truth of not hurting anybody anytime through thoughts, words and karma (actions). Co-existing in tittksh mode means to co-exist with each and everyone of the fellow creations respecting the fellow creation as it is with its own characteristics given by creator brhmah and letting the fellow creation lead its own life in its domain given by creator brhmah. tittiksh mode is to live and to let live mutual without mutual interference.

In order to live vedik lifestyle in a tittiksh mode one need to have knowledge of ved. 

Therefore, Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF), in continuing to implement its mandate of inspiring to attain knowledge in all humans presents every day on this Aashram News page articles on practice of ved knowledge in one's life ....All this with a prayer to creator brhmah to bless us with a happy today, happier tomorrow and future of progress, prosperity and well-being with use of knowledge about oneself which is called aadhyaatmaa - the knowledge about one's aatmaa (soul) and aatmaa's relation with our physical body and aatmaa's relation with its creator brhmah....


  • All the sanskrit words in the write-ups on this web site are in italics. The meaning of these sanskrit words as transcribed in English language is being continually included in the Sanskrit Glossary on this web site....It is imperative to understand the full meanings of these sanskrit words in order to understand the teachings of ved. So please make an effort to visit the Sanskrit Glossary...the karma-phal will be eternal aanand (bliss).

  • The sanskrit words are spelled as near as possible to the original sanskrit phonetics. Phonetic based spelling may seem to be different than normal usage but if the sanskrit words are not spelled and pronounced correctly the meanings could change drastically. An alphabet chart of such phonetics spellings is being developed at Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) and will be shared here as soon as it is available. In the meantime think as a vedik bhaaratiya (Indian) and vedik genetics of the humankind will let you pronounce the sanskrit words in here correctly.


---------------om brhmahye namah......................


naarad muni in skand puraan asks saarsvat-muni this question: (slok 1.2.34-39):

"Some praise satya (Truth). Others praise tapasya (penance) and sauch (cleanliness). 

Some praise sankhya darshan (philosophy). Others speak of yog shaastra (system). 

Some praise kshmaa (forgiveness) and tittiksh (forbearance) as well as excessive straight-forwardness. 

Some praise maun-vrat (vow of silence). Some say that learning is the greatest thing.

Some praise purna GNaan (complete knowledge). Some praise param asaktah (supreme detachment). 

Some know the dharmik vidhio of agnistom as the greatest thing.

Some praise the GNaan (knowledge) of aatmaa (soul), with which one views a lump of earth or a stone or a lump of gold alike. 

When this is the state of GNaan in the world, people are deluded and confused in the matter of what should be done and what should not be done. 

People begin to argue as to which is the best GNaan among the above and which is the GNaan which contributes the most towards our welfare? 

You who are conversant with dharma, it is your dharma to say which of the above GNaan is the greatest to be pursued by the noble aatmaa

Which GNaan achieves all purushartha (purpose, goals and objectives) of life?"

saarsvat-muni replied: (slok 1.2.40-41):

I shall speak about the essence that sarasvati-devi told me. Listen to it.

"The entire vishva (universe) is of the nature of a shadow. Origin and destruction are its guno (characteristics features). vishva is transitory like the bending and breaking of the eyebrows of a veshyaa (courtesan).

dhaan (wealth), jivan (life), yovan (youth) and kaam (worldly pleasures) are unsteady like reflection of the moon in water. 

After performing dhyaan1 on this fact intelligently, one should resort to sthaaNu2 and daan (giving of charitable gifts as prescribed by ved and shaastra which will be explained later in the study)."


dhyaan is the 7th ang of the 8-ang yog practice (please refer to TODAY'S PRAYER and VED PAGE for learning about yog practice in daily life). 

dhyaan is defined as a process of meditation, reflection, thought, contemplation, through which divine intuition or discernment is received. 

Through the process of dhyaan one can form a mental representation of the personal attributes of a dev or devi or brhmah or any creation.  

Explanation of 2: sthaaNu

sthaaNu is an epithet of shiv-dev who is a manifestation of the tamas-gun-shakti of creator brhmah. With this genesis of sthaanu, shiv-dev is also given the attributes of brhmah-self which are firm, fixed, steady, stable, immoveable and motionless. Figuratively, the meaning is take refuge in brhmah to avoid the transitory and ephemeral nature of this creation and all that is experience in creation. Only brhmah is eternal. All brhmah's creation have origin in brhmah and hence cyclically perishes at the end of one's cylce of each life journey by being re-absorbed in brhmah for rebirth to partake the karma-pahl (fruits of karma) of each and every karma performed in sansaar (worldly life).


saarsvat-muni continues to reply: (slok 1.2.42):

SHruti1  says that a person inclined towards the rite of daan is not liable to commit paap (sins). Similarly, the SHruti1  avers that a devotee of sthaanu  does not undergo births and deaths.  

Explanation of 1: Please look up SANSKRIT GLOSSARY under SHruti 


saarsvat-muni continues to reply: (slok 1.2.43-45): Listen to the gaathaa (a dharmik verse or song not contained in shruti in ved but comes from smruti) proclaimed and sung by saavarNi-muni once upon a time:

"sthaanu  manifested as brhmah in the naam (name) and ruup (form) of shiv-dev is swami or ishvar (lord) whose vehicle is the bull. 

This shiv-dev is truly tattvaM dharma (essence of dharma). 

This mahaa-dev (= sthaanu or shiv-dev) is honoured and adorned. He is called param (most excellent) dharma

Only swaami Hara (= shiv-dev) redeems one from sansaar-saagar (the ocean of worldly existence). 


  • is where one gets immersed in its waters,

  • is where dukh (misery) is the whirlpool,

  • is where tamas-gun (attributes which are non-sattvik or adharmik like anger, greed, laziness) is intense,

  • is where dharma and adharma constitute the water,

  • is where krodh (anger) is the marsh and mud,

  • is where ahankaar (arrogance) and mada (intoxication due to raag or attachment) is the crocodile,

  • is where lobh (greed) is the cause of all pain and difficulty,

  • is the bubble, and

  • is of which abhimaan (false pride) and gourav (prestige) is the majestic depth extending as far as paataal (7 netherworlds where asuraao have residence and where narak (hell) exists) .

But sansaar-saagar is provided and graced with the vehicle of the sattva-guN." 

(saarsvat-muni will continue to reply IN THE NEXT POSTING to enlighten us as to who we are as human forms of embodied aatmaa and what is the purpose of life of this human body with embodied aatmaa) shaanti shaanti shaanti... tat sat....


(This presentation is prepared by shree champaklaal dajibhaai mistry who acknowledge his debt to guru brahmaa-dev, vyaas-muni, naarad-muni and saarsvat muni for their transmission of original ved GNaan in sanskrit version of skand puraan. The above presentation is based on sanskrit to English translation of skand puraan by shree Dr. G. V. Tagare, G. P. Bhatt as published by Motillal Banarasidass Publishers to whom shree champaklaal and PVAF acknowledges a debt with offering of pranaam. The above presentation contains additional ved text to the original puraan text for ease of understanding and learning without corrupting the original text and its original GNaan. Explanatory text from other ved sources is also added in brackets to further facilitate the understanding and learning where it is deemed necessary)       



...the eternal knowledge of... 

has beginning.... middle....
 and end...

ved is the knowledge of the entire creation. ved imparts to each and every creation how creation is created, how it is sustained after creation, the purpose of each creation, how each creation has to co-exist with all other creations and the grand scheme and meaning of this creation. In this process of imparting knowledge ved also subtly informs about our creator brhmah and the brhmah's relationship with all creations singly and collectively.

To get all knowledge through the study of ved is a monumental task ...which could not possibly be completed in one life a life time most of us can get only a degree in one field of science or arts or commerce or medicine or get all the knowledge of ved will take infinite years as the knowledge itself is infinite....

.....But then our creator brhmah, knowing our limitation of the life cycles, has given us a small life manual in which the basics of creations, its processes, its relationships and its purpose are outlined in about 700 to 750 aphorism like messages of few words at a time......this manual of life is has been given a name "bhagvad gitaa"....Similarly for those who desire to have detailed knowledge ved has 14 major vidyaa. A vidyaa is a specific knowledge base similar to what we currently know as engineering, medicine, law, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, grammar......and all the vidyaa is in 4 ved, 6 vedangaa, 108 upnishad and 108 puraano......

....Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) has a primary mandate to facilitate all humans to acquire knowledge per se...PVAF believes that studying any part of ved is a good start on this path to acquire let us pray that we study daily tat sat...

At present on this planet earth we have various faith systems leading to a Creator...each faith systems has its own name and also a name for whatever it believes as a Creator....but surprisingly all faith systems have one message to all its follower...knowledge shall set you free....let us then get this knowledge....may the Creator bless us to walk on this path no matter how we stumble, fall or sometimes give up....but we are continually blessed by our Creator to have the strength and the means to get up once more and keep the pursuit of knowledge.... shaanti shaanti shaanti... tat sat....


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