Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss

Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss

Know Thyself-A Talk by Sri Chinmoy “Know Thyself”

Atmanam viddhi-Know thyself. Each individual has to know himself. He has to know himself as the infinite, eternal and immortal Consciousness. The concept of Infinity, Eternity and Immortality is absolutely foreign to us. Why? The reason is quite simple. We live in the body, rather than in the soul. To us the body is everything. There is nothing and can be nothing beyond the body. The existence of the soul we consider sheer imagination. But I assure you that the soul is not imaginary. It is at once the life and the revelation of the Cosmic Reality. Most of us live in the body, in the earthbound physical consciousness. Our teacher is Darkness; our professor is Ignorance. But if ever we live in the soul, we shall see that our teacher is Vision and our professor is Illumination.

“Life is effort.” So says the body. “Life is blessing.” So says the soul. The human in man does not want to go beyond morality, society and humanity. The divine in man comes down from divinity into humanity, from unity into multiplicity. 

Atmanam viddhi. Know thyself. The seers of the Upanishads not only discovered this Truth Transcendental but offered it to the suffering, crying and striving mankind. In order to know oneself, one has to discover oneself first. What is self discovery? Self discovery is God-Realisation.

Without Yoga there is no self discovery. Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is the Universal Truth. It is the traditional truth of
India. It is the most important experience of life. True Yoga and life go together. They cannot be separated. If you try to separate them, you will fail. Yoga and life are as inseparable as the Creator and the Creation.

Is Yoga another name for severe asceticism? Positively not. Is Yoga another name for self-discipline? Decisively yes. Does Yoga demand the rejection of the world and the starvation of the senses? No, never. Does Yoga demand the acceptance of the world and mastery over the senses? Yes, a mighty Yes. Is Yoga for everybody? Yes and no. Yes, because each human soul has come from God and inwardly aspires to return to Him. No, because some people, at their present stage of development, feel they can live without God.

Can learning and reasoning offer man self realisation? No. Mere book knowledge ends in self deception. Why? Because a man of knowledge feels that he has achieved the infinite wisdom. Unfortunately, he does not know that the real Infinite Wisdom can come only from God, from God Realisation. Mere mental reasoning ends in self-frustration.

Can dedication and aspiration offer man self realisation? Yes. Man’s dedication is his heart flower offered at the Feet of God. Man’s aspiration is his soul fruit placed in the Lap of God.For self realisation, man needs freedom. God gives him freedom. What is freedom? Freedom is God’s sacrifice-power and man’s miracle-power. Sri Ramakrishna, the great spiritual Master of India, once remarked, “The wretch who constantly says, ‘I am bound, I am bound,’ only succeeds in being bound. He who says day and night, ‘I am a sinner, I am a sinner,’ verily becomes a sinner. One must have such burning faith in God that one can say, ‘What? I have repeated God’s name, so how can sin still cling to me? How can I be a sinner anymore?'”

We must cherish positive thoughts, positive ideas, positive ideals. Only then will our Goal no longer remain a far cry. Each man has to feel, “I am at the Feet of God, my own Master. I am in the Hands of God, my own Creator. I am in the Heart of God, my only Beloved.”

“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” I asked. My Lord bestowed His boundless Compassion on me. I sought. My Lord gave me His infinite Love. I knocked. To my utter surprise, the door was not bolted from inside. My sweet Lord was eagerly expecting my arrival. Lo, I am come!


11 Responses to “Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss”

  1. AFRIN MALKA Says:

    One thing i have realised is that we should believe in ourselves.If we believe in that, nothing is impossible.When no one is there for u then u have to consider that your true self is sufficient for u.U r forever there for u no matter what is the situation is

  2. AFRIN MALKA Says:

    One thing i have realised is that we should believe in ourselves.If we believe in that, nothing is impossible.When no one is there for u then u have to consider that your true self is sufficient for u.U r forever there for u no matter what is the situation is.

  3. anup vishnu bagla Says:

    My Submission and rejoinder with experiential insights 🙂 Pls respond with comments on the same, I’m surious abt feedback =)

    Can we have a science … within or … of consciousness?



    No sub-consciousness /or uncosciousness, which is figment of human imagination / mind, On the basis of purity / quality and state of awakening.


    From one whole mind or consciousness, universal – creative source – all individual consciousness are derived and after they come into being / existence as entity / being, they go through their life cycle depending upon their characteristics, purity and quality etc.

    Universal or whole consciousness (MIND) has the intelligence of it’s own, which is the true creative intelligence (purest and brightest) as integrel property of it’s spiritual aspect (make up).


    Individual consciousness as entity / being, although they are part of whole (universal consciousness), they have individual purpose /role play under the larger direction or design plan of world / universal manifestation.

    We, as, players have limited – or – to the extent gifted, based on the evolutionary aspect – part to play in relation (vis-a-vis) to other individual consciousness, all of them together forming a cohesive, universal whole, as expressed in manifestation of world drama stage.

    At consciousness level, which is the quantum space operating through the whole Universe at a given moment, we are all united in one consciousness from where we draw our energy for operating at individual levels. The energy of entropy also comes from the same source. Therefore we can be aware of thought activity in our neighbourhood surrounding environment at this higher consciousness level and even at distant past or future space-time events.

    At our individual consciousness / understanding, energy level by living in our waking or sleeping state, we create program and work according to that program in our individual mind. Our individual consciousness united with one whole / supreme consciousness gives the feeling of oneness as one wave in the sea.

    Thus, the entire Universal / cosmic consciousness is ever existing phenomenon with it’s creative intelligence potentially present in it’s subtle core of substance within the consciousness.

    This ever – existing consciousness is the common denominator at the un-manifest level of all manifest activity. It is ever in vibration within it’s subtle core where combustion and renewal of the intelligent vibratory substance / wavelets is constantly taking place, under some invisible cosmic design principle / direction. Therefore it is a self- sustaining chain process – a larger self, which is the only TRUTH we know of.

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  5. M S SAJWAN Says:

    how to understand yourself. kindly …..

  6. frune Says:

    Hello my name is charlene i would like to know how i can reach my pure conciousness? what book can i read that will put me on that

  7. frune Says:

    Want to know more about pure conciousness

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  9. yug Says:

    very good

  10. GERD Says:


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  11. krathika singar Says:

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