False Assumptions About the Atman #96
Just as coming to know of the difference between the physical body and the spiritual soul is a hallmark of early spiritual awakening, so too is recognizing the distinction between the mind and the Atman an obvious sign of advanced spiritual practice. Amazingly, even at high intellectual levels of understanding, beings with substantial philosophical knowledge and devout religious understanding are constantly superimposing a host of characteristics over the Transcendent Self. The tendency of living beings to place what they know and love the most over the Atman is the reason why Nonduality, or Full Enlightenment, is rarely obtained. Such subtlemost matters we must leave in the hands of beings like Gaudapada and Swami Vivekananda to explain.