An "observer" must "observe" in some way. How does the Atman observe, if it cannot perceive in any way?
Observer does not mean just observing. When we say the observer is shiva (or athma/brahman) and the observed is shakhti (or the intelligent energy of thoughts/body/world), it means, shiva and shakhti always exist together for the ...
The Story of Creation
From Aitareya Upanishad
हरिः ॐ॥ आत्मा वा इदमेक एवाग्र आसीन्नान्यत्किञ्चन मिषत्।
स ईक्षत लोकान्नु सृजा इति ॥
hariḥ om|| ātmā vā idameka evāgra āsīnnānyatkiñcana miṣat | sa īkṣata lokānnu sṛjā iti ||
In the beginning the Spirit was One and all this (universe) was the Spirit; there was nought else that saw. ...
The problem with this question is - it needs a Guru to address it in person because this group expects literary references, which don't always provide the full context. Nevertheless, I'll stake my neck out and give an authentic answer.
Imagine a serene calm pond. When a pebble is dropped, concentric ripples begin to emerge and race to the shore - from a tiny ...
I will keep borrowing heavily from Sri Ramana Maharishi for answering this question because otherwise the simplicity is lost with verbiage. I will also use some examples that helped me in my Self-Inquiry. And for the rest of the answer where I use the word "you" / "your" it points to any "individual" and nothing makes it more ...
Atman is the Self which can be accessed from within.
Paramatman is Universal Self that starts from the Atman and permeates the whole Universe.
Refer: Upadesha Saram: Verse 24 onwards
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A human being is not just the Atman or the Self. He also has a physical body, a subtle body and a causal body. Karma applies to the subtle body. Your confusion is because you have forgotten the 3 bodies of a Jiva.
Nothing happens to the atman which is merely a witness. It is the subtle body that is affected by death. Check Gita 2.17-2.22 for the answer to ...
Knowledge of the Upanishads is intellectual knowledge. Atmajnana which is the same as Brahmajnana is anubhuti (direct experience) of Brahman and not simply intellectual knowledge. They are different.
Brahmajnana or Atmajnana
The Vedanta system of philosophy posits Brahman as the origin of the
entire universe including the inanimate nature and the living ...