Ideology of Swamiji and Discourses
One day Swamiji was in a very nice mood. He bought a book from beneath his pillow and gave it to me. The book was written by Swami Shankracharya - Vivek Chura Mani - The Crest Jewels of Wisdom. The book was originally in Sanskrit with an English commentary by the translator.
He told me to study it and then discuss what is Atma (Soul), what is dead and what is living in the Indian philosophy. What is Maya or illusion that makes the people feel that we are separate identity from the Almighty.
I read the book twice but could not understand the real essence of Maya, the universal illusion and Brahma - the universal consciousness or absolute intelligence. The Maya, the scripture says that our individual soul and the universal Brahma are one and the same thing. Only the individual is under the illusion that he is having a separate entity.
After some days I asked Swamiji, If our soul is the part and parcel of Almight, if the individual consciousness and cosmic consciousness have no difference, except that of degree and not of the kind, then why don't we realize the cosmic conciousness. What keeps us away from self realization. Then why Jiwatma is helpless whereas Brahma is all powerful. Modern science logic tells us that a part cannot be different from the whole and the part, however small it may be must contain the qualities of the whole.
Suppose we break a magnet into one thousand pieces, even then the smallest part of the magnet contains the same properties. It is having a North Pole, a South Pole and a power to attract the iron. So Jiwatma as being a part of the cosmic Brahma must contain the same properties and qualities.