One Will Have to Know Oneself

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One Will Have to Know Oneself
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1965 November 18
Place Ernakulam, India
Topic The importance of our Ista mantra in acquiring self knowledge
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34
Location in Sarkarverse
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One Will Have to Know Oneself is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1965 November 18 in Ernakulam, India. This discourse is the eleventh chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34.[1]


Svadeham arańiḿ krtvá prańavaḿcottarárańim; Jiṋánanirmathanábhyásat páshaḿ dahati pańd́itah. [A spiritual aspirant burns the ropes of his páshas (fetters, bondages) by using his body as the arańi (lower piece of wood) and mantra as the uttarárańi (upper piece of wood – the two pieces are rubbed together). An aspirant churns spiritual and mundane knowledge to separate the spiritual from the mundane (as churning separates butter from buttermilk).]

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that a spiritual aspirant uses his body as a large piece of wood and his mantra as a smaller piece of wood used in creating fire by friction. Anandamurti then elaborates this metaphor, explaining that every entity has its own unique rhythm. When that rhythm comes in contact with the incantative rhythm of one's Ista mantra, one will finally reach the supreme abode, self realization. Anandamurti goes on explaining that through the friction described above, the mind becomes purified. Ultimately one realizes that one is Brahma. Such a person is called a pandita.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34 
Preceded by
Gáyattrii Rhythm and the "Gáyattrii Mantra"
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 34
With: One Will Have to Know Oneself
Succeeded by
Blind Mind and Conscience