Swami Abhendanada (1866-1939)
Was born in Calcutta ,Bengal, India. He was a 19th century mystic. He was a direct disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
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Spirit and Matter Knowledge of the Self Prana and the Self Search After The Self Realization of the Self Immortality of the self
My Favorite Swami Abhendanada Inspirational Quotes and Thoughts :
"I am the light of the universe, through me shine the sun, moon, stars and the lightening. I have realized my true Self. I have realized the true Self of the universe and therefore I am one with the Absolute."
“Matter or object is related to spirit or subject; and the subject or spirit is equally related to the object or matter. If there were no object. there would be no subject; and if there were no subject; and if there were no subject, there would be no object. For on either side alone nothing could be achieved”
Kaushitaki Upanishad, III, 8.
In Vedanta, spirit is called the Atman, the cognizer, the perceiver and the subject. It is our true Self. It existed in the eternal past and will continue to exist in the eternal future. Nothing can destroy it. The phenomenal world, which is the object of sense perception, may change from one form into another, but the Atman or Self will never change. It is absolutely unchangeable. "Weapons cannot pierce it, water cannot moisten it, fire cannot burn it, nor can the air dry it." It is indissoluble, immutable and immortal substance. It is not destroyed at the time of death. Death
All objects that have form are subject to death. Birth is followed by death. That which is born must die. Our body will die, because it had its birth and exists in space and time. But the Atman or spirit cannot die, because it was never born and is beyond space and time. If you try to think of the birth of your spirit, you will never be able to find an absolute beginning; therefore, Atman is beginningless and endless. Everything which can be perceived by our senses will change and pass away, while the Atman or spirit will remain forever.
"He is the one Eternal Being in the midst of all non-eternal forms and names. He is the one Source of intelligence in the midst of insentient matter. He makes that one substance appear as many and fulfills all desires dwelling within the hearts of all creatures. Whosoever realizes Him in his soul attains to eternal bliss even in this life." "The infinite and eternal truth, Brahman, Pervades the whole universe, the visible and invisible. If the visible be taken away, ( if the perceptible phenomena be destroyed) that which will be left is the infinite." May we realize the Infinite in this life; may we attain to that truth and enjoy peace forever.
“Peace, peace, peace to all living creatures.”
Ordinarily we use the word “self” in the sense of ego, but the term “Self-knowledge” does not mean mere knowledge of the ego. The ego in us is the actor, thinker and perceiver.
The higher Self is the same as the Absolute which lies at the foundation of the phenomenal universe. The Absolute Substance or Brahman is beyond space and time, consequently it is formless and unchangeable.
Self-knowledge alone helps us to realize the absolute Truth and to attain perfection. It is considered to be the highest wisdom. When Socrates asked the Delphian Oracle “What is the highest knowledge?” the answer came, “Know thy Self.” By the word “self” here is meant not merely the ego, but the true Self.
The whole world consists in the vibration of atoms, or the most minute particles of material substance, but above and beyond all this vibration there exists the Absolute Reality, the true Self, which is the source of knowledge, intelligence and consciousness. It is through this Self that we know that there is such a thing as vibration.
“Time exists in mind. What is time? Time means succession in thought.”
“That light which I see in the sun is in me; and that which is in me is in the sun. I am the Lord of the body, senses and mind, and I am also the Lord of all phenomenal objects.”
* Self-knowledge leads to realization of oneness with all beings. When all beings appear as parts of one universal Self, there is neither delusion, nor fear, nor sorrow, because there can exist no other thing outside of Self or Atman for which one can grieve or from which one can suffer. Sorrow and fear arise so long as there is the sense of duality or multiplicity. * Isha Upanishad, verse 7
His art we see in the sunrise and sunset. The sun, moon and stars are nothing but the paintings on infinite space by the hand of the Almighty artist.
* That Atman (Self), who is the center of the universe, is all-pervading. Wherever our mind goes, the Atman goes there. It is the source of the light of intelligence; it is pure, spotless, sinless.
Here you will notice that Vedanta teaches that we are not born in sin and iniquity, but that our Atman or true Self is sinless. By this it does not encourage us to do sinful acts, but it tells us that the moment one acquires Self-knowledge, from that moment one ceases to do anything wicked. The Atman is in the body, but it has no body. It is formless, that is, beyond gross and subtle forms. There arc forms which we cannot see except through the most powerful microscope, even such minutest forms do not affect the Self. It is absolutely beyond all forms; but at the same time it can appear in any form, and all forms exist in it. * Isha Upanishad, verse 8
True self or Atman is above good and evil, beyond virtue and vice. Some people ask: How can it be above good and evil?
Self-knowledge destroys ignorance and makes one absolutely unselfish. Blessed is he who lives in the sunshine of Self-knowledge, having risen above the clouds of fear and selfishness which gather in the night of ignorance.
True Self is not increased by good acts, or decreased by evil deeds. The sins of the world do not corrupt or change the nature of this true Self. The true Self is neither virtuous nor sinful, but it is always Divine and perfect.