Category Archives: atman

Viveka / Discrimination:

Discrimination is the faculty which distinguishes between the real and the unreal. The whole world outside and the universe that is inside, are unreal. Earth, water, wind, fire, the sky, the ocean, our bodies and the vital force animating them, our minds, our consciousness of ourselves – all are but airy nothingness. The only real thing is the Atman (Self) or Brahman, the Absolute.



~ Sri Swami Sivananda
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What is the nature of the mind? – Sri Ramana Maharshi

Question: What is the nature of the mind?
Bhagavan: What is called ‘mind’ is a wondrous power residing in the Self. It causes all thoughts to arise. Apart from thoughts, there is no such thing as mind. Therefore, thought is the nature of mind.

When one persistently inquires into the nature of the mind, the mind will end leaving the Self (as the residue). What is referred to as the Self is the Atman. The mind always exists only in dependence on something gross; it cannot stay alone. It is the mind that is called the subtle body or the soul (jiva).

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Swami Sivananda’s Yoga Questions and Answers 2: Q: What is the difference between pleasure and Bliss?

Q: What is the difference between pleasure and Bliss?

A: Pleasure is derived from contact with sensual objects. It is changing, fleeting and illusory. But Bliss is eternal. It is attained through realisation of Self or Atman.

Taken from: Yoga Questions and Answers

Swami Sivananda

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Swami Sivandanda Pocket Spiritual Gems 2: Tat Tvam Asi

Tat Tvam Asi
Thou art not this perishable body;
Thou art all-pervading, immortal Atman
Tat Tvam Asi,
Thou art That.