ātmanDevanāgarī: आत्मन् Translation: essence; the highest personal principle of life; the individual soul, self Similar words:cetanā, cit, dṛś, puruṣa, draṣṭṛ, ātmatā Opposite words:anātman, citta, dṛśya Related concepts:īśvara, vidyā, jīva, parama
Appears inYoga Sūtra: Sāṃkhya Kārikā: Bhagavad Gītā: Gītārtha Saṃgraha:
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“Serve Yoga and Yoga will serve you.”
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21
“In each one of us there is something that experiences.”
– TKV Desikachar introducing the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001
“Union of Jīva Ātman and Parama Ātman is a Siddhi not a Sādhana when it is felt or realised.
If this is clear then Rāja Yoga is a Siddhi.
However one has to work for it in Sādhana.
Anything that takes you in this direction is a Sādhana.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983
“The self born creator bored the sense openings outwards,
so the self looks out at the world rather than inwards.
A wise person, wanting to taste the state of immortality,
stops the senses from moving outwards and turns within to the essence.”
– Kaṭha Upaniṣaṭ 2.1.1.
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