Wide and shallow knowledge for intellectual dialogue: Zero
Time travel book that runs for 13.8 billion years in search of wisdom
Mr. Chae, the author of the book
Issued on December 24, 2019.
Atman means 'consciousness.' But it doesn't immediately reach you. The word consciousness is complex and unfamiliar. First of all, let's think that it means your subjectivity. It can be expressed like this. The observer, the viewer, the experience, the subject of perception, the being who sits in you and feels your five senses. Do you have a feeling? You may wonder what it means. There is nothing to worry about. The whole book converges toward an understanding of this consciousness. Before this book is over, somewhere in the middle, you will understand, 'Oh, this!'
We have not yet known about consciousness and Atman, but ancient Indians have already taken a step further. After profoundly exploring Atman, they came to the following conclusion. According to "Upanishad," Atman, this inner organizer, is not subordinated to the body and does not change. In "Kata Upanishad," it is explained as follows.
The art alone is not born by anyone, not killed by anyone, not from any source other than himself, and does not give birth to anything else. Therefore, this art alone has never been born, and just because the body dies does not disappear. - "Kata Upanishad"
"Upanishad" assumes two unchanging sources. It is Brahman and Atman. If we change the terms to terms that are easy to understand today, it will be "the whole universe" and "my heart." This divided the world into two. In other words, it became a dualistic world. So far, it makes sense. The problem starts from this. "Upanishad" does not stop at dualism and boldly takes another step. It reveals the 으ᅵ relationship between the world and the self by declaring that the two sources that seem different are one. In other words, Brahman and Atman are one. This is called the '如 of 梵我' thought. The conclusion of the vast and profound document, "Upanishad," is clear. Bum-il. This is the conclusion of everything. Everything is contained in these four letters. Beom (梵) here is the role of Brahman, and Ah (我) is the role of Artman. Il-yeo (如) means only one, not two. The conclusion of "Upanishad" can be summarized as follows. "The reality of the vast universe that unfolds outside of you and the essence of the self that unfolds inside of you are ultimately one."