Scientific separation of Self and Non-Self
What is Atma Gnan (Self Realization)? It is the understanding of the inherent qualities of Atma (Purush, Self) and the anatma (prakruti, nonself). The one who knows the qualities of the Self and of the non-self, and has been through the process of separation, is said to have acquired Atma Gnan. When you become aware of the inherent qualities and differences of the Self and the nonself, you have acquired Atma Gnan.
It is not possible to attain Atma Gnan on your own. This is because right now, you are living and behaving as prakruti and you are trying to destroy the prakruti while being in it. How can this be possible? You will only be able to scratch the surface, but you will not be able to totally destroy prakruti. For example, if this cloth becomes dirty, you will need soap to remove the dirt. In the process of cleaning, the soap will leave behind a residue. While you remove one kind of residue, another kind will set in. Then you have to use Tinopal (a branded cloth whitener in India) in order to remove the residue from the soap. The Tinopal will also leave its own stain. I am giving you this analogy to help you understand why it is not possible to attain Atma Gnan through one's own efforts. Unless one receives Atma Gnan, it is not possible to destroy prakruti. It can be weakened, but not destroyed. Once you recognize the attributes of the Self and the non-self, you have the solution. The Gnani Purush (The Enlightened One) can help you know all of the attributes. Only a Gnani Purush can separate the Self from the non-Self for you. For example, this gold ring is a mixture of copper and gold. Who do you think will be able to separate the gold from the copper?
Questioner: Only a goldsmith.
Dadashri: Yes, a goldsmith can separate the gold and copper because he knows the qualities of both these elements. Similarly, a Gnani Purush knows the qualities of the Self and the non-Self and therefore, can separate the two. The gold and copper in this ring are in the form of a mixture rather than a compound. The goldsmith, therefore, can easily separate the mixture. Similarly, the Self and the non-Self are in a mixture form and not in a compound form, which is why it is possible to extract one from the other. If they were in a compound form, it would not be possible to separate the two. That is why the Gnani Purush is able to separate the two, and one is able to understand the Self.
1) What is the sign of having attained the Self Realization? Presence of awareness; constant awareness.
2) There is no realization of 'who am I?' 'One' is trying to remain hidden from his 'own Self'. He knows all that is of the non-Self. It is a wonder that one remains hidden from his own Self!
What is Gnan Vidhi? I heard that one can attain Self-Realisation in two hours? Is that true?
The Gnan Vidhi is the process that separates the Soul (Self) from the body (non-self). It is the separation of the animate from the inanimate.There is nothing here to be given. One simply has to sit and repeat what I say, exactly as it is being spoken. [The awareness of "Who am I?" is attained after a two-hour process, of which, the first 48 minutes consists of repeating sentences of bhed vignan (Science of separation), which separate the Self and the non-self. After that, there is a period of an hour during which you will be explained the five aagnas (cardinal principles) with examples to illustrate and clarify. You will be shown how to conduct your life so that you do not charge new karma. And you will then know how to dissipate your past karma smoothly. The awareness that you are pure soul will remain constantly.
After Gnan Vidhi ceremony your soul will be awakened. You will experience a sense of neutrality towards problems and miseries. One experiences indifference towards any worldly unhappiness. Even in worldly unhappiness, one remains unaffected. In the midst of oopadhi (suffering imposed upon you by others or external factors) you experience samadhi (to be free from suffering and to experience the state of one's own bliss). Read experience / watch experience of many people who have attained Self Realizaiton through Gnan Vidhi.
Book Name: Who Am I? (Page #27 Paragraph #2,#3 Page #28 Paragraph #1)