Attaining 3 Rarest Advantages


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Updated on December 2, 2020

Until a person wakes up to the knowledge of his identity with the Atman(SOUL), liberation can never be attained.


वदन्तु शास्त्राणि यजन्तु देवान् कुर्वन्तु कर्माणि भजन्तु देवताः । 
आत्मैक्यबोधेन विनापि मुक्तिः न सिध्यति ब्रह्मशतान्तरेऽपि ॥ ६ ॥
vadantu śāstrāṇi yajantudevān kurvantu karmāṇi bhajantu devatāḥ | 
ātmaikyabodhena vināpi muktiḥ nasidhyati brahma śatāntare’api || 6 ||


Vivekachudamoni – Adi Shankaracharya – Verse 6

General Meaning:

People may study and recite the holy scriptures and offer sacrifices to the holy spirits. They may perform rituals and offer worships to deities; but, until a person wakes up to the knowledge of his identity with the Atman (SOUL), liberation can never be attained, never, not even at the end of many hundreds of Brahma’s years.

दुर्लभं त्रयमेवैतद्देवानुग्रहहेतुकम् । 
मनुष्यत्वं मुमुक्षुत्वं महापुरुषसंश्रयः ॥ ३ ॥
durlabhaṃ trayame vaitaddevānu grahahetukam | 
manuṣyatvaṃ mumukṣutvaṃ mahā puruṣa saṃśrayaḥ || 3 ||


Vivekachudamoni – Adi Shankaracharya – Verse 3

General Meaning:

Only through the grace of God one may attain these 3 rarest advantages :

  • A Human Birth
  • The Longing for Liberation
  • The Discipleship of a Self-Realized Master

May God and the Great Masters, Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire you.

With much love and humbleness,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji

Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankara was an Indian philosopher and theologian who expounded the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Adi Shankaracharya’s philosophy was simple and straightforward. He advocated the existence of the soul and the Supreme Soul. He believed that the Supreme Soul alone is real and unchanging while the soul is a changing entity and that it does not have absolute existence. Shankaracharya founded 4 monasteries (Mathas) in India that continue to spread his teachings.