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Adi Shankara Thoughts on Brahman

Before knowing Brahman, every being – himself being Brahman – is really already identical with the Totality. But ignorance superimposes on every being the idea that he is not Brahman, that he is not the Totality!We should abandon the idea that we are not Brahman! Not to be the Whole – This is the idea which is due to ignorance! This idea is removed by the Knowledge of Brahman. But the Knowledge of Brahman cannot create nor annihilate a real entity!We are nothing but Atman – nothing but Brahman, who is always the same, homogeneous, one and without a second, immutable, unborn, free from decay, immortal, inaccessible to fear! Therefore the expression, “He is merged in Brahman”, is only a figurative expression, merely indicating the rupture – which is the result of the Knowledge – of the uninterrupted chain of reincarnations for the man who, until then, had maintained an opposite view.Adi Shankaracharya (Source: The commentary on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad by Adi Shankaracharya)