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Hinduism Atman is Brahman Define Explain

Query: How Hinduism believes Atman is Brahman?

Vijay Kumar:
How Hinduism believes Atman is Brahman? How Hinduism derived its conclusion? What are the factors responsible for logically believing in Atman as Brahman? What is the say of Bhagavad-Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in this matter? The belief of Hinduism that atman is Brahman... is it absolute or conditional?

How do Important Books and Writings of Hinduism... Sacred Hindu texts like Vedas (Hinduism revelations)... Upanishads (independent treatises) relate to atman and Brahman? In a nutshell every single sacred Hindu text confirms that atman is distinct from Brahman, yet it can also be termed a mini Brahman! Every single soul Atman is God Almighty in minuscule form! How?

If an individual grain of sand is an independent soul Atman... the whole mound God Almighty! God Almighty is termed Brahman in Hinduism. God Almighty is also termed Parmatman, Karta, Sanatana Purusha, Bhagwan, Ishwar and Param Pita Parmeshwar in Hinduism! The whole creation forms when Brahman... God Almighty... the cluster of all purified souls atmans in cosmos explodes self!

Every single soul Atman is of same essence as God Almighty! If an individual piece of puzzle is an independent soul Atman... the completed puzzle Brahman... God Almighty! It is doctrine of Bhagavad-Gita that explains in very explicit terms the relationship between atman and Brahman! As stated in Bhagavad-Gita life cycle of every soul Atman starts the moment God Almighty explodes self!

Why does God Almighty explode self? Imagine dissolution of cosmos... the old cosmos! What happens the moment... dissolution of old cosmos completes? The volume... size of entire cosmos after collapse of entire old cosmos reduces to size of half a thumb. And what is this half a thumb? Devoid of dross impurities within every single soul Atman in cosmos reaches last leg of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation!

The combined power of all purified souls atmans... the size of half a thumb is what we know as God Almighty... Brahman in Hinduism! This gigantic primordial cosmic power unable to retain itself for long in its prime pure state again explodes with a big bang and starts a new cosmos... a new journey of life!


Does it mean cosmos forms when God Almighty explodes self with a big bang... yes; this is the cosmic truth of life detailed in Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism! The pure souls' atmans start their cosmic sojourn at the time of big bang. In the melee... the hurtling souls' atmans gather impurities similar as a rolling ball gathers moss!

To cleanse themselves of dross impurities within starts cosmic life cycle of every soul Atman! The collective power of all purified atmans in cosmos is termed Brahman... God Almighty himself! The power of souls' atmans is not distinct from Brahman! Every living being contains within self the power of Brahman in minuscule form.

The form of a human being... every living form is but a sojourn in the cosmic life cycle of every soul Atman! For every soul Atman to purify itself completely... a journey of 96.4 million earthly years is necessitated... a total of 8.4 million manifestations on the whole! The initial 7.3 million manifestations by any soul Atman occurred in insect, plant and animal form!


In the remaining 1.1 million manifestations in human form... one is expected to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha). From first manifestation as an amoeba (single cell formation) to last as human beings... the ultimate goal of life for every soul Atman remains... reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation at the earliest!

The 8.4 millionth manifestation in human form can only be reached via path of spirituality... path of absolute wisdom... the path of jnana yoga! Dictated by religious Masters of present era... most human beings interpret that God Almighty can be reached via path of bhakti yoga... path of religion... the path of rituals!

This is an absolute misnomer... such conceptions do not exist in domain of God! For reaching God Almighty... for experiencing God Almighty one needs traveling uncharted path of spirituality... the path advocated by sacred Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism! Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism is one such sacred text of Hinduism knowing which one finally gained immortality!


One single Scripture... the 700 shlokas verses contained in sacred Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism are sufficient for mankind to gain enlightenment in ones lifetime... reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage of absolute nothingness when one can have a dialogue with God Almighty on one-to-one basis! The bliss experienced during the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi can never be expressed in words... it is simply beyond the catch of spiritual vocabulary!

Simply speaking as stated in sacred texts of Hinduism enlightenment can never be gained via path of bhakti yoga! One needs traveling path of jnana yoga... path of absolute wisdom! By assimilating pearls of wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita we do not gain any knowledge... something that makes us reach higher portals of spirituality!

Diving deep into bottomless pit of wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita... human beings removed veil of ignorance step-by-step! The teachings of Bhagavad-Gita helped one in reducing ignorance within... the trace of dross impurities within! The moment complete dross impurities within soul Atman removed... one reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) forever!


Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and prophet Mohammed... in whatever stage of manifestation they were... all these man gods reached portals of God Almighty in their lifetime... gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha)! By practicing absolute celibacy for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation human beings finally awakened their kundalini Shakti... the coiled serpentine energy lying dormant in base of spine!

The moment kundalini Shakti... the coiled serpentine energy awakened fully... the Sahasrara Chakra (thousand petaled Lotus) existing in brain behind the forehead opened fully. The moment Sahasrara Chakra opened fully... the wisdom contained in entire cosmos becomes available to one... for all practical purposes one becomes omniscient... the knower of all!

The prime purpose of studying Bhagavad-Gita... the important books and writings of Hinduism... the sacred Hindu text is reaching stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) in ones lifetime. Gaining enlightenment is not that easy! It can be gauged from fact that in last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over only two persons reached stage of enlightenment!


Both Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana became enlightened beings in their lifetime! Cutting across shackles of Prarabdha karma is extremely difficult yet, not impossible! Practice of celibacy for a continuous minimum period of 12 years is another hazard! Establishing absolute control over five senses and mind is the first task undertaken by serious seekers of spirituality!

By establishing absolute control over five senses and mind... practicing absolute celibacy for a period of 14 years in continuation... I finally realized God in 1993 at 37 years of age! Having reached end of cosmic life... the Mount Everest of spiritual pursuit I have nowhere else to go further! This is my last manifestation.

After death of mortal body... an enlightened one after reaching stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi gains salvation (moksha)! The soul Atman having gained absolute purity enters abode of God... the kingdom of God (termed Vaikuntha in Hinduism). The kingdom of God is a point of no return... once entered no purified soul Atman leaves abode of God!

In absence of dross impurities within... the need for souls' atmans to manifest a living form... to manifest karma now ceased to exist! For all practical purposes the purified soul Atman has become immortal... gained immortality! Physical immortality is a misnomer... in the human form immortality can never be gained or understood!

For understanding concept of Atman Brahman... the relationship between Atman Brahman... one needs dwelling in wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism! For understanding meaning of Atman... the true definition of Atman soul the teachings of Bhagavad-Gita suffice! In present times teachings of Vedas (Hinduism revelations) are not necessitated!

The gist of Vedas... the juice of all Upanishads is contained in sacred Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism... the foremost of all sacred Scriptures existing on mother Earth! For reaching God Almighty... the teachings of Bhagavad-Gita suffice! The essence of life lay in traveling spiritual path... we do not know what we shall be in the next manifestation... why not travel the spiritual path now!


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Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

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