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The Atman Is One, Without a Second


The self reveals itself to the pure-minded. It is self-luminous. Though it is one, it is seen as many in different intellects, just like the sun, though only one, is seen reflected in the waters of different pots. I am that Self which is of the nature of eternal knowledge. (Hastamalakiyam 6 of Adi Shankaracharya)

The Atman is one, without a second. It reveals itself to the pure-minded people.

Objects like pot and cloth are inert. Hence, they require another light to illumine them. But the Atman is of the nature of light. Just as the sun is self-luminous and does not require any other light, even so, the self-luminous Atman does not require any other light to reveal its existence.

Sun is one, but it has many reflections in different water pots. Even so, the Atman is one, but is seen as many while reflection in different intellects. I am that Atman, which is of the nature of eternal knowledge.