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Adhyātma literally means ‘pertaining to the [[Ātman|ātman]]’.
 
Adhyātma literally means ‘pertaining to the [[Ātman|ātman]]’.
  
The Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgitā frequently use the three words adhibhuta, adhidaiva and adhyātma. The word ‘[[adhi]]’ denotes the sense of ‘ruling over’ or ‘pertaining to’. The word ‘ātman’ is often used for the body. Hence ‘adhyātma’ indicates the Self within the body. It is the [[Ātmā|ātmā]] (Self) which resides in it and rules over the body.  
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The Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgitā frequently use the three words adhibhuta, adhidaiva and adhyātma. The word ‘[[adhi]]’ denotes the sense of ‘ruling over’ or ‘pertaining to’. The word ‘[[Ātman|ātman]]’ is often used for the body. Hence ‘adhyātma’ indicates the Self within the body. It is the [[Ātmā|ātmā]] (Self) which resides in it and rules over the body.  
  
 
It is also used to indicate [[Brahman]] or the Supreme Self.
 
It is also used to indicate [[Brahman]] or the Supreme Self.

Latest revision as of 10:21, 6 December 2015

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Adhyatma, AdhyAtma, Adhyaatma


Adhyātma literally means ‘pertaining to the ātman’.

The Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgitā frequently use the three words adhibhuta, adhidaiva and adhyātma. The word ‘adhi’ denotes the sense of ‘ruling over’ or ‘pertaining to’. The word ‘ātman’ is often used for the body. Hence ‘adhyātma’ indicates the Self within the body. It is the ātmā (Self) which resides in it and rules over the body.

It is also used to indicate Brahman or the Supreme Self.

The word is also used as an adjective and in combination with other words. For instance: adhyātmavidyā (knowledge of the Self), adhyātmayoga (yoga or meditation on the Self).

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore