~Aham Vimarsha~

Aham vimarsha is a Sanskrit term referring to a perfect self-consciousness or a perfect sense of “I am-ness.” Aham translates to “I am” and vimarsha means “free will” or “will-consciousness.” It can also be defined as the “spontaneous vibration of self-consciousness.”

Yogic philosophy explains that the experience of aham vimarsha encompasses simultaneously experiencing one’s own absolute freedom, infinite bliss (or ananda) and the glory of being. This is described in the scriptures in references to Shiva’s recognition, through his inherent shakti, of his own self-consciousness. Thus, aham vimarsha can be considered the essential nature of Shiva and, consequently, the absolute Self.

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