Saturday, April 27, 2024

By Swami Vireshananda

 The qualities of prakriti and karma are superimposed on the Atman. Jnana destroys this ignorance along with the identification with the body. The Atman, on the other hand, remains the same in all states, whether it is liberation or bondage, and shines as it always has been shining, being self-luminous consciousness, unoriginated, unfathomable, and absolute one without a second (11.28.31–34). This teaching reverberates the message of the Upanishads which explicitly say: ‘Neha nanasti kincana; there is nothing else other than Brahman or Atman.’ 2 This aspect of God, which the Bhagavata enumerates, is analogous to the idea of Reality found in the Upanishads.

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