Atma Siddhi Shastra - Self Realization
At Nadiad in Kaira District, Shrimad wrote out his famous 'Atmasiddhi' in the form of a poetic dialogue in 142 verses, at the suggestion and request of Sri Sobhagyabhai, in the gathering darkness of the night when Shri Ambalal stood with a lentern in his hand while the composition was on. The prose version by the name "A letter about the six fundamental truths' could not be easily memorised by the aspirants and hence, Sri Sobhagyabhai's request to Shrimad to put the matter in verse. This succinct and accurate composition is a masterpiece in philosophical literature. the author has, in a simple form of question and answer, explained the gist of Jainism and of all true religion namely the six fundemental truths, that the soul exists, that it is eternal, that it is the author of its activities, that therfore it is responsible for the results of its activites, that it aspires for liberation and that this is achieved by following a right kind of religion.
Shrimad instructed Sri Ambalabhai to make out four copies of the manuscript and give one copy each, to his close and deserving disciples namely, to Sri Sobhagyabhai, Sri Ambalal himself, Sri Lalluji Maharaj and lastly to Zaveri Maneklal Ghelabhai. He instructed to Sri Lalluji to study and reflect upon the Atmasiddhi in solitude and not to make it a subject of collective reading or public discourse.
A Short Summary
In the first 44 verses the subject is introduced- The truth that without self-knowledge, the worldy pains cannot be completely removed is cleary demonstrated, the mechanical attachement to the path of sacrificial activities and the theoretical parrotlike dry as bone repetition of the different natures of the soul and the body as found in the theoretical academicians of the Vedanta system are declared as two major obstacles in the path of the aspirant for self-realization. The special charateristics of the persons who belong to the above... [continues]
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