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Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras

 

    

215. Atma Yoga means self-attainment and attainment of God


आत्मयोग उभयधा स्वरूपतैजसालाभात्।२१५।
ātmayoga ubhayadhā svarūpataijasālābhāt|215|

Atamayoga stands not only for the attainment of self but also the attainment of God, since the original form and energetic form are not available.

Explanation:

Since Atman means ordinary soul as well as God existing in an ordinary soul, the word Atmayoga stands not only for the attainment of self but also the attainment of God in human form. Other than the contemporary human incarnation, God cannot be attained either in the original state or in the energetic form.

 God can never be attained in the original state because God is unimaginable. God can also not be attained in energetic form like Narayana, Shiva and Brahma, since energetic form is relevant to departed souls only. Hence, the only possibility of God is in the form of a contemporary human being like Vasudeva for any human being. Therefore, Atmayoga means the spiritual path in which the self is attained first and then God in the form of self. This concept is the basis for misunderstanding that any self is God.

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