Self Realization

I was just reading a blog and come across this term “self realization”. I was confused. What is self realization? The first thing I did, that I usually do, is searched for the meaning of this word. Here’s what I found, the dictionary meaning of self realization.

So, I got the meaning it’s “fulfillment of one’s own potential”. Now, have I understood what’s the dictionary means by self realization? What do you think?

No, I haven’t understood anything. What does one’s own potential mean? And how will I know whether I have fulfilled my potential. I am no where judging what Oxford dictionary is stating. I just want to say that I couldn’t understand it. Simple.

According to my thinking or as far as I can think self realization is to realize what we are and what is our potential.

I don’t think it’s an easy task. It’s not easy to understand our potential and then act accordingly. Self realization differentiates a successful person from others. One who realizes his/her potential succeeds in life and the one who can’t lag behind. Here success is no where related with financial success. Here success means in finding inner happiness and satisfaction.

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But nobody knows when will this self realization take place. At what phase of life will I realize my potential? Some people realize their potential when they are dealing with hardships or are at the worst phase of their lives. Some people realize their selfs when they are in their mid 20s while others realize after their retirement.

“The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.”

—-Paramahansa Yogananda

How does Hinduism describe Self-Realization?

After getting the meaning from the dictionary and playing with words to describe the ten more, now is the time to know what my religion has to say about this word. So, in Hinduism self realization is linked to self awareness, finding oneself. Finding your true being and not your ego is self realization. In Hindi language it’s called as “atma-jnana or atmabodh”.

Atma means Self and Jnana or Bodh means Knowledge. In short, self realization is knowledge of self. In Hinduism “self” “atma” is considered a pure soul that resides within a body. Realization of that self is a process and a blessing. It also connects self realization to God.

“Self-realization is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs.”

——Paramahansa Yogananda

How Can I Attain Self realization?

This is my next question. How to attain self realization? How to find what truly I am?

Truly speaking, I don’t have an answer for this because I haven’t realised who truly I am. This I need to find out. I can’t write on anything that I haven’t attained myself.

First I need to find myself. I hope I will be able to that. I hope you all are not in the same dilemma in which I am today. I hope you all know who you truly are. If not, then we will explore ourselves together. We still have time to attain self realization.

With this positive note I would like to sign off for today. Wishing you all a happy Sunday.

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