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Teachings from Aparokshanubhuti

"Aparokshanubhuti" is a Sanskrit term that roughly translates to "direct realization" or "immediate experience." It's also the title of a classic text attributed to the Indian philosopher and saint Adi Shankaracharya. Here are some key teachings from the Aparokshanubhuti: Self-Realization: The central theme of Aparokshanubhuti is the realization of the true Self, which is often referred to as Atman in Hindu philosophy. Shankaracharya emphasizes the importance of directly experiencing one's true nature beyond all intellectual understanding. Oneness of Atman and Brahman: Shankaracharya expounds the Advaita Vedanta perspective, which teaches that the individual self (Atman) is identical to the ultimate reality (Brahman). This realization of non-duality is considered the pinnacle of spiritual attainment. Illusion of Maya: Maya refers to the cosmic illusion that makes the world appear distinct and separate from Brahman. Shankaracharya teaches tha