By Swami Harshananda
Atmasamarpana literally means ‘self-offering’.
Ahirbudhnya Samhitā is an important text of the Pāñcarātra school of Vaiṣṇava Āgamas. According to it, union of the jīvātman with Paramātman is the ultimate goal of life. This can be achieved either through ‘ātmasamarpaṇa’ (also called ‘hṛdyāga’) or through ‘yoga.’ Meditating on God with his powers with appropriate mantras and culminating in total self-offering or self-abnegation is called as ‘ātma-samarpaṇa.’ “Yoga’ is very similar to the process taught by Patañjali in his Yogasutras.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore