Atmabodha

Definition - What does Atmabodha mean?

"Atmabodha" is the name of a short Sanskrit text said to have been written by Adi Shankara, a philosopher who played an instrumental role in consolidating the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Advaita Vedanta is a school of Hindu philosophy that shares roots with yoga.

"Atmabodha" contains 68 verses that describe the journey to self-knowledge and the building of awareness of Atman. The term, atmabodha, means “Self-knowledge,” or a person who has knowledge of the Soul/Supreme Spirit.

Yogapedia explains Atmabodha

The authorship of the text is controversial. According to the Vedanta tradition, "Atmabodha" was written by Shankara for his pupil and disciple, Sanandana, in the 8th century; however, many scholars today doubt this authenticity. That said, the text does closely align with and advocate the teachings of Advaita Vedanta and its system.

The text is addressed to scholars who are peaceful in their hearts and who have freed themselves from cravings. It is intended to be read by those who desire liberation and have used austerities to purify themselves in their quest to find this. It is described as a treatise of the “Knowledge of the Self.”

Atmabodha is also the name of one of the Upanishads of the "Atharvaveda."

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