Bob: Dear Ramji, I recognise I am atman. Until I was reminded of this fact I did not know I was atman. Now I know I am atman.
Question: How is it that I, atman, was ignorant of the atman I am? How is it that, until awakened, every human being is ignorant of the atman he/she is? Atman ignorant of the atman, is it? Very strange.
Ram: Hi, Bob. As Krishna, speaking as the atman, says in the Bhagavad Gita, “By my maya I delude all these beings.” All we can say about this, aside from “very strange,” is “that’s the way it is.” The nice thing about ignorance, which is beginningless, is that it is not endless. I am happy that the knowledge has set you free.
~ Love, Ramji
For years I have happily and diligently responded to communications on the topic of Self realization. Since the publication of my book, “How to Attain Enlightenment”— currently in its third printing —and the success of this website, the volume of emails has increased considerably. Unfortunately, owing to a busy schedule of teaching and writing, I am no longer able to answer all the emails I receive in a timely fashion. However, my wife, who is also a teacher, and several well-qualified teachers we have endorsed are available to answer emails on my behalf. I encourage you to send them your questions.
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