Scripture and the Self

June 13, 2013    BY D.C. Rao

The Self is the friend of that self
By whose Self the very self is conquered.
But for one who has not truly known one’s Self—
In enmity, that very self would remain like an enemy.
—Bhagavad Gita, 6.6

Slowly, slowly, one should turn away (from desire), quieted by a steady discernment. Actively establishing the mind in the Self, one should think of nothing else.
—Bhagavad Gita, 6.25

Abandon that which is knowable—the object. What now remains is the Pure Consciousness which is free from doubt. I am the infinite Self, for there is no limit to this Self. It is the beauty in all, it is the light of all.
—Yoga Vasishta, V. 59

There is nothing beyond Consciousness. Consciousness is the highest reality. Consciousness is the Self.
—Katha Upanishad, 1.3.11

The wise person beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings; for that reason he does not hate anyone.
—Isha Upanishad, Verse 6

At dawn do I meditate upon that Truth that shines in my heart as the Self. (Pratah Smarana Stotram)
—Prayer at Dawn by Shri Shankaracharya

Satisfied within the self by the Self alone, such person is said to be established in profound knowledge.
—Bhagavad Gita, 2:55

D.C. Rao
D.C. Rao, PhD, has an extensive background in the Sanskrit scriptures and texts of the yoga tradition. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and retired in 1995 from the World Bank to pursue his study of the yogic spiritual tradition with the Himalayan Institute. Dr. Rao has traveled widely throughout the world, is a Trustee at the Chinmaya Mission, Washington DC, and a Board Member of Interfaith Conference. He teaches yoga philosophy for the Himalayan Institute... Read more>>