The Nature of the Atman  By Swami Sukhabodhananda

The nature of the atman by swami sukhabodhananda

Know that one’s body is fragile a dress containing the uncontained mind,

Your worst enemy can’t harm you more than an untrained mind,

No one can help you as a watchful eye,

Fire exists hidden in the log of wood as plant in the seed,

Let understanding lift you,

To discover what you have already won.         -      Swami Sukhabodhananda

 Let us delve deeper into the mist. We talked of chitta, pure consciousness or intelligence. Can this awareness or consciousness be seen? Can it be objectified? Does it have form?

‘I’ cannot be seen. What cannot be seen has no ‘form’, no ‘roopa’. It is ‘aroopam’ or formless. Anything that has a form is limited. ‘Consciousness’ has no ‘form’. If it has no form, then only two possibilities exist: either it should be non-existence or it is infinite.

You are eternal (sat)

It is not non-existence. If you are non-existent, you cannot say, ‘I am non-existence’. Therefore, one cannot be ‘non-existence’ either.  You think, therefore you are.

Then this ‘I’ must be infinite: it is not limited by any form. If it is limitless, then it cannot be destroyed. Since it cannot be destroyed, it is called ‘sat’ or eternal.

You have a desire to know (chit)

You cannot stand ignorance. You always want to eliminate ignorance. The desire to know does not mean it is confined to one particular branch of knowledge, but the desire for knowledge itself.

You are filled with happiness (ananda)

Every one of us, irrespective of caste, colour, creed, age etc. wants to be happy. And what type of happiness do we want? We want happiness which is infinite, eternal and complete. None of us is happy with finite happiness. Yet, if happiness could be found in the quality of any one object, then anyone experiencing or coming in touch with such an object must be happy, but this is not the case. Happiness is not available in the world of objects. An object which makes you happy may be the object of utter misery to someone else. Happiness is not something to be achieved or acquired. Happiness is your very nature.

You are sat-chit-ananda. This is the nature of the soul or the atman. Liberated masters have realized this. They have nothing more to learn for they have obtained everything. This very realization makes them free and, indeed, immortal.


The fundamental desire is a desire for Sat, Chit and Ananda. We are consciously putting an effort to fulfil it. However, the greatest fallacy is that we are already Sat, Chit and Ananda. Not knowing this, we are seeking Sat, Chit and Ananda.




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