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Introduction to Atmajnana**
1. The Importance of the Purification & Pacification of Consciousness:
All things in nature have to be cleaned periodically so that they may always function at their peak efficiency in their original state of pristine purity. For this very reason, consciousness too, just like our vehicles, our bodies and all our machinery, has to be periodically cleaned and fine tuned. Our human experiences, such as insults & hurts, intensely pleasurable as well as intensely painful incidents-when not properly digested and assimilated- will result in consciousness getting clogged & jammed, leading to a definitive impairment of its original efficiency and subtlety. Pacification comes after purification. It is a calming, integrating together and taming of consciousness. This results in ‘the awakening of intelligence’.
The Atmajnana Yajnas* evocative of the Upanishadic ethos of self-knowing and Self-realization are an opportunity for such a cleansing. The human ego is often a major factor in such contexts, because it acts like a ‘toxic substance’ [demonic energy], causing pain and eventually leading to a breakdown in the healthy functioning of consciousness. Every kind of Yoga or meditation, including the present Atmajnana Yajnas, addresses in one way or the other this important question of the purification & pacification of our consciousness.
** Atma is the imperceptible Inner Self. Jnana is not ‘knowledge’; rather it is that ‘Understanding’ which liberates from all ignorance.
* Yajna is used here in the sense of an auspicious sacrifice or ‘negation’ of the ego and /or the self, for the Atmic welfare of the individual and the world and this is done through the offering of the ego and/or the self, into the fire of Atmajnana. Atma is the imperceptible Inner Self, and Jnana is the realization of this imperceptible Inner Self.
In the Atmajnana Yajnas, Bhagavadpada uses Siva-Sakti Tattva as the unified mythic metaphor for Atmajnana, Jyotisha and in fact for all Veda Vidyas. Siva is the timeless Awarness, the Absolute, whereas, Sakti is the kinetic, changeful emanation from Siva. Sakti is our moving consciousness, which though seemingly independent is nevertheless, inseperable from Siva.
The ‘thinking & feeling self’ is an expression of Sakti & Maya, whereas the ‘knowing Self’ which is invariably in the background, is the Atma or Siva. This is the view presented in the Atmajnana Yajnas.
The ‘Siva-Sakti Tattva’ motif, as well as the ‘Devas-Asuras’ model of Jyotisha are acknowledged to be sourced in the Hindu art works of the Hindu teacher, Sri Harish Johari(see his ‘Tools of Tantra’, Published by Inner Traditions, India.)
The Devas – Asuras Model of Vedic Astrology
Atma in Vedic Astrology
He also uses the Devas – Asuras model of the Puranas as a Model for Vedic Astrology and as a model which helps us to secure self-knowing and finally Self realization. Devas and Asuras in Vedic Astrology are the Benific and Malefic life energies of Isvara, driving human lives. The many hooded snake is the Serpent of Time (Kala Sarpa).