Brahmopanishad II

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(Contd… from Part I)

  • There are four seats of consciousness in the Purusha. These are the navel, the heart, the throat and the head. 
  • Swami Madhavaananda refers to Patanjali’s seven planes in the ascent of the mind towards perfection in concentration. In this case the four seats are identified with the four states of consciousness like the waking state etc.

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    Brahmopanishad III- The poetry part

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    (Contd… from Part II)

    In the first part of the Upanishad the origin of life is dealt with. Praana or aerobic life is considered an important evolutionary state.

    In the second part the Upanishad, it is said that Brahman covers all states of existence (waking and sleep and REM). Brahman includes all the gods, like Sun, Vishnu and Rudra.  Brahman includes in himself space. Brahman is neither inclusive nor exclusive of human concepts/perceptions.

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    Mundaka Upanishad I & II

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    Mundaka Upanishad

    ‘U’ is pronounced short as in ‘full’. ‘n’ is pronounced as Venu; d as in dog.

    The Upanishad is meant for study by monks or sannyasis. The level of the debate is higher than in others. It is said to be “arrestingly sublime and direct in teaching”.

    The Mahaavaakya of this Upanishad is Satyameva jayate (naanrtam). (III, i, 6) It has been put on the national masthead along with the Ashoka’s lions. It is commonly interpreted as “Truth alone triumphs”.

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    Mundaka Upanishad V & VI

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    (Contd. from Part III & IV) …Mundaka Upanishad

    Mundaka Upanishad V

    In part I it was said that Brahman is omniscient. The universe is his creation. Life evolves from his will. 
    In part II different forms of delusions were described. The path to realization is open to those who have examined the world carefully and concluded that there is nothing to be done by energetic commitment. They should seek instruction from an experienced teacher.

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    UPANISHADS – A Series Begins

    Medha Editor’s Note:

    We are pleased to offer to Medhavis a new series on Upanishads, the creme-de-la-creme of Indic Philosophy, which has influenced the thought & living in India & other influenced cultures for millennia. This series is authored by Dr S K Balasubramanian. The editor stumbled on some of his writings at an e-group and was struck by the calibre of both knowledge & ability to explain the intricacies & details.

    Medhavis will, it is hoped, read with interest & comment & interact with the author, who has indicated willingness to be engaged. Over to the author-  


    UPANISHADS

    Apologia: I am not a conventional scholar or a spiritualist. I would rather fit the description: “scholar among rakes and a rake among scholars.” I belong to nowhere.

    I welcome critical comments on the facts but please keep abuses out of the way. The latter do not settle any question.

    I am giving only the highlights. I have no illusion that my comments are enlightening. The idea is to arouse the interest of busy lay persons so that they may pursue the matter more deeply at leisure.

    This is the introductory part of, hopefully, a long series.

     

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