Will we be destroyed on the death of the body?

Death is a subject which most of us try to avoid thinking about. We prefer to pretend it does not exist, or that it is a long way off in our particular case. For what are all our strivances worth if at any moment death can bring them to an end? It seems to make a...

The purpose of life according to the Upanishads

In all the mystic Schools of the East, although their methods of approach may vary, it is taught that man is not just a fortuitous combination of atoms, subject to death, but that his life on earth is a pilgrimage, the goal of which is Self-realisation or ‘union’...

The Upanishads are like flashes of lightning

The Upanishads are like flashes of lightning. To read an Upanishad, simply to read the verses one after another.. ‘Yes, yes, what.. oh yes yes etc. etc.’ …and then you fall asleep. This is not the way to read an Upanishad. The verse is like a flash of lightning in that we can just see the landscape. If you’ve been .. on a very dark night .. you’ve lost your way .. then there’s a flash of lightning and you can see momentarily the landscape .. and you can see where you are.

Katha Upanishad VI, 8-11

Purusha, who is all-pervasive and is indicated by no special mark, is beyond avyakta (that is, prakriti), of which the akasha and the other elements are modifications. The seemingly mortal man, on knowing this, achieves perfect freedom and immortality. Every man is...

There is none who is void of knowledge of God

He who knoweth the Infinite God Is one with him ; In that man's home There is none who is void of knowledge of God. That man has already passed beyond sin and grief. He hath won already release from all thraldom of heart ; He hath taken already upon him immortal...

There is no narrowness in the Upanishads.

In China and Japan there is a tradition that certain spiritually enlightened sages live in the mountains, enjoying unbroken freedom and delight. They do not encourage disciples or give formal instruction, but their mere existence purifies the soul of the world. There...

Shvetashvatara Upanishad 1.12

This (Brahman) should be meditated upon as eternal, as dwelling in one’s own soul as its essence. Besides Brahman there is nothing else to be known. It is the enjoyer (the individual soul), the object of enjoyment and the arbiter of the destiny of all beings...

The story of Raikva

ONE of the attractions of a certain type of story is its demonstration that the reader is not merely, being treated to an ingenious exhibition of gossamer word-spinning and thought-weaving ; what he is being told actually works in practice. The story of Raikva,...

By Whom

The word `Kena', meaning `By whom?' indicates the direction taken by the teaching of the Kena Upanishad. There is, in the third part, an arresting allegory illustrating the omnipotence of Brahman-that God alone is the supreme power behind all creation. It is also an...

The Mystical Death

There is no teacher like Death.-Katha Upanishad. Since it is the same death, die now.-Zen Saying. The great Upanishad called Katha contains the instructions given by the God of Death to an inquirer, Nachiketas. Nachiketas went voluntarily to the abode of Death, and...

The Spirit of Inquiry

From Prashna Upanishad: 'You ask questions more difficult, but you are a great lover of Brahman, therefore I shall tell you'. THE goal of yoga is defined as knowledge of Reality, which is stated to be of the nature of absolute bliss and freedom from all limitations....

Dimensions of Mind

A teaching of self associated with three dimensions of mind is. given in the little Mandukya Upanishad` which is dated about A.D. 200 and is the last of the eleven classical Upanishads , commented on by Shankara. The three dimensions of mind are typified in Waking`...

A Verse from A Lost Upanishad

EACH AND EVERY LIVING BEING IS A CITY BELONGING TO THE ONE LYING AT REST IN THE CAVE, INDESTRUCTIBLE, TAINTLESS, THE UNMOVING ABIDING IN THE MOVING. THOSE WHO PRACTISE REALIZATION OF IT, THEY ARE IMMORTALS.

Secrets of the Upanishads

In spiritual traditions, words like "secret" are everywhere. The word Upanishad can be derived from upa = near, ni = down, and sad = seat (the 'sh' gets in by a phonetic rule that when an's' follows any vowel except 'a', it becomes 'sh'). So the word Upanishad, a...

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