When the purpose of sAdhanA and the final destination of the soul is understood, there remain no more doubts in the sadhaka’s mind as regards the imperativeness of yoga sAdhanA. As we have discussed earlier, yoga is never a matter of choice for any one. It is the essential character of our very existence. Sri Aurobindo’s statement of ‘all life is yoga’ is more understandable in this context.

A birth has been taken. A life has been lived. Purusharthas i.e. the ordained behavioural pattern for living have been followed and all these have culminated in a state of superior awareness and gnosis, a few steps nearer to consciousness of satchidananda– the absolute truth, its realization and the ensuing bliss. Now comes the time in the life of the sadhaka to severe all connections with falsity and go for the pursuit of that final truth.


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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