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Sir how can i get the self knowledge?
What do i need to do for that?
Is it same like gaining any other professional knowledge or degree?
Do i need to renaunce everything for that?
Us it possible to obtain self knowledge/self realization while living a wordly life?
I am a young software professional.

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Hi,

You need to have deep desire to gain self-knowledge. It is not yet another degree that you get from universities. You need to have discrimination (Intelligence to distinguish the truth from false). Also, you will have to know that the material pursuit will not give you PSH (Peace, Security, Happiness).

If you have the above qualifications you are eligible to gain self-knowledge. I have answered your questions below.

Q: Sir how can i get the self knowledge?

Ans: You need to consistently and systematically study Vedanta under the guidance of a competent teacher for a length of time. More details at http://en.allexperts.com/q/Hindus-946/2010/9/Consistent-systematic-study-Vedanta

Q: What do i need to do for that?
Ans: You should approach a guru.


Q:Is it same like gaining any other professional knowledge or degree?
Ans: Yes and No. Yes, because you will gain self-knowledge EXACTLY in the same way as you gain any other knowledge. No because it is not certificate oriented. Gaining self-knowledge will transform your life. You need to apply any other knowledge in order to gain the benefit of having that knowledge. In case of Self-Knowledge, there is nothing to apply or practice. Merely gaining the knowledge will be highly beneficial.



Q: Do i need to renounce everything for that?
Ans: NO. No need to renounce anything. In fact the whole purpose of gaining self-knowledge is to enjoy life. We can celebrate life ONLY when we gain self-knowledge. Without self-knowledge, every enjoyment will increase the chance of suffering.

Q: Is it possible to obtain self knowledge/self realization while living a wordly life?

Ans: Yes, it is quite possible. However, one need to spend dedicated time for the study. Since you are a busy professional, you may want to study the scriptures AS AND WHEN YOU ARE FREE. This WILL NOT work. If you allocate specific time for the study, you need to do adhere to it even if it costs you your job. You can continue to work and earn money PROVIDED you give MORE IMPORTANCE to gaining self-knowledge.

Thanks for asking these important questions. If you need more clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Best wishes,
Raja Subramaniyan  

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Explanation based on Vedanta / Gita which will answer any questions on life leading to Joyful Living

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25 years of spiritual studies and written following text books. Gita for Joyful Living (http://www.scribd.com/doc/8146755/Gita-for-Joyful-Living-Part-II) Path to Joyful Living - I based on Jeeva Yatra ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313542/Jeeva-Yatra ) Path to Joyful Living - II based on Sadhana Panchakam( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8313550/Sadana-Panchakam ) Joyful Living based on Panchadashi ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/8194110/Panchadashi-1-of-15 ) Parama Ragasiyam (Tamil) based on Brahma Sutra ( http://brahmasutram.blogspot.com/)

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B.Com, AICWAI

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