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Teachings from Aparokshanubhuti

Aparokshanubhuti is a text credited to Adi Shankaracharya

Just as light is required to see an object; one attains knowledge only through the means of enquiry.

The self alone is permanent; all that is seen here is transient – such a settled conviction is truly known as discrimination.

Concentration of the mind on the one Reality [Brahman] is regarded as Samadhana.

Who am I? How is this world created? Who is its creator? Of what material is this world made? This is the way of that enquiry. I am neither the body, a combination of the five elements of matter, nor am I an aggregate of the senses; I am something different from these. This is the way of that enquiry.