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What is 'know thyself' all about?
The aphorism, 'know thyself' means to look inwardly to your divine self and pay no attention to the opinion of the multitude, as I have understood it. Thus, it implies that we must treat the body as an abode of divinity and look inward to realize our divine self.

MANY SAGES hold 'know thyself and thou shalt know the god' is the ultimate aim of human life. According to Plato, ‘understanding thyself’ means understanding the nature of a human being in its true sense. He holds that understanding oneself syllogistically would ‘enable thyself’ to have an understanding of others as a result.

Similarly, Thomas Hobbes says, "Whosoever looketh into himself and considereth what he doth when he does think, opine, reason, hope, fear, etc., and upon what grounds; he shall thereby read and know what are the thoughts and passions of all other men upon the like occasions."

Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem entitled 'Know Thyself', which he treated his own anthem, the aphorism stands for knowing the God, which exists within each person.

In ancient India, the techniques like meditation, self-observation, introspection, self-knowledge, Jnana-Bhakati-Karma Yoga, etc., were used for knowing one's true self or eternal soul that embodies all.

It has been wisely said by Lao Tzu, "He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” In the similar vein Doris Mortman once said, “Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.”

Here are my three haiku on knowing oneself.

Release is action

It's action through inaction?


It just happens.?


Know thyself - pure you?

Work on yourself to get pure?

Be your own witness.?

Self-observation -?

Witnessing your true being?

That's meditation.

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