Mundaka Upanishad vi
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.
In part III it was said that the supreme Eternity known as Brahman is the origin of all the worlds.
In part IV it was said that Brahman is everything. Seers perceive him through discrimination.
In part V it was pointed out that Reality prevails over delusions. The path of reality is known as the divine path. (Deva yana) The fulfilled Seers reach the supreme abode of Reality by this path.
- The Realized One knows that the abode of Brahman is supreme. The universe is located in that holy shiny place. An unmotivated wise individual transcends the existential limitations by following the realized person.
- The one limited by desires is bound to existential limitations. For one who transcends the limitations all the shackles disappear here.
- The Self is not realized by study, or by intelligence, or by listening. By the very act of seeking it does it become realizable. That is its nature.
- This is not realizable by the weak-minded, or by confused austerity, or by monasticism. A wise one realizes the Self by the following methods.
- On reaching this state, the seers feel their knowledge is complete. They are the Self- realized ones. They are objective and calm in their approach. The wise ones realize this to be pervasive. They are discriminating and see Brahman in everything.
- They have understood this discriminating knowledge of Vedanta. With a clean mind they are adepts in the sannyasa yoga. At the moment of departure they are liberated from all constraints and merge into the Eternal.
- The fifteen constituents of their body meld with their sources. Their sense organs merge into their presiding deities. All their karmas and their discriminating Self becomes one with the non-decaying Supreme Eternity.
- Just as the rivers lose their identity by flowing into the sea the wise one loses his individuality and merges into the Divine that is higher then the highest.
- He who knows the highest becomes Brahman. In his line no one is born who does not realize Brahman. He is beyond grief, beyond sins and is free from all emotional bondages. He becomes eternal.
- This is the rule to be followed. This truth should be taught only to those who are engaged in the practice of discipline and perform the Vedic rituals. Only to those dedicated ones this should be taught.
To sum up: He who knows the highest becomes Brahman. He becomes eternal.
End of Upanishad.
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