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Bright, existing very close, moving in the heart; great and the support of all; in Him is all the universe centered around. All that moves, breathes and blinks. Know Him who is both with form and without form, the most adorable, the Highest of beings, the One beyond the limits of the finite mind.

~ Mandukya Upanishad

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' The Realization of Atman '

I am of the nature of consciousness.
I am made of consciousness and bliss.
I am nondual, pure in form, absolute knowledge, absolute love.
I am changeless, devoid of desire or anger, I am detached.
I am One Essence, unlimitedness, utter consciousness.
I am boundless Bliss, existence and transcendent Bliss.
I am the Atman, that revels in itself.
I am the Sacchidananda that is eternal, enlightened and pure.

— Tejobindu Upanishad, 3.1-3.12

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सत्येन लभ्यस्तपसा ह्येष आत्मा सम्यग्ज्ञानेन ब्रह्मचर्येण नित्यम्

Through continuous pursuit of Satya (truthfulness), Tapas (perseverance, austerity), Samyajñāna (correct knowledge), and Brahmacharya, one attains Atman (Self, Soul).

— Mundaka Upanishad, 3.1.5

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The Self-existent God has so created the senses that they go outward, and hence man sees the external and not the internal Self. Only, perchance, some wise man desirous of immortality turns his eyes and beholds, the inner Atman.

~ Katho Upanishad II-iv-1

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This Atman cannot be attained by study of the Veda's, nor by intelligence, nor by much hearing. It is gained by him who chooses It alone; to him this Atman reveals Its true nature.

~ Katho Upanishad I-ii-23

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Sarvam brahmaiva jagat

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The entire universe-of-change is, in essence, nothing but Brahman

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To me there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air, nor ether. Thus realizing the nature of the Paramatman - the One who is in the cavity-of-the-heart, who is without-parts, without-a-second, the 'witness' - of-all, beyond both existence and non-existence - the seeker attains the very nature of the Supreme Atman.

~ Kaivalya Upanishad 23-24

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I am without hands and legs, of incomprehensible power. I, who see without eyes, hear without ears, am devoid of all forms. I am knowing (everything), and there is none that knows Me. I am the Ever-Pure-Knowledge.

~ Kaivalya Upanishad

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Dear son, by knowing one piece of mud, all things made of mud are understood - in fact, the mud alone is the substance, the names and forms are mere words.

~ Chandogya Upanishad

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“Arise! Awake! Wake up your Self and awaken others! Approach the great Awakened Ones till you awaken and manifest your Complete Self. Sharp as the blade of a razor is that path (of living advaita), so declare the wise beings – long and hard to tread, and difficult to cross.”

~ Kathopaniṣad, 1.3.14

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~ Mundaka Upanishad ~

The wise have attained the unitive state,
And see only the resplendent Lord of Love.
Desiring nothing in the physical world,
They have become one with the Lord of Love.

Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure
Are born in a world of separateness.
But let them realize they are the Self
And all separateness will fall away.

Not through discourse, not through the intellect,
Not even through study of the scriptures
Can the Self be realized. The Self reveals
Himself to the one who longs for the Self.
Those who long for the Self with all their heart
Are chosen by the Self as his own.

Not by the weak, not by the unearnest,
Not by those who practice wrong disciplines
Can the Self be realized. The Self reveals
Himself as the Lord of Love to the one
Who practices right disciplines.

What the sages sought they have found at last.
No more questions have they to ask of life.
With self-will extinguished, they are at peace.
Seeing the Lord of Love in all around,
Serving the Lord of Love in all around,
They are united with him forever.

They have attained the summit of wisdom
By the steep path of renunciation.
They have attained to immortality
And are united with the Lord of Love.
When they leave the body, the vital force
Returns to the cosmic womb, but their work
Becomes a beneficial force in life
To bring others together in the Self.

The flowing river is lost in the sea;
The illumined sage is lost in the Self.
The flowing river has become the sea;
The illumined sage has become the Self.

Those who know the Self become the Self.
None in their family forgets the Self.
Freed from the fetters of separateness,
They attain to immortality.

Let this wisdom be taught only to those
Who obey the law of life's unity.

Let this wisdom be taught only to those
Who offer their lives to the Lord of Love.

This is the great truth taught in ancient times
By the sage Angiras to Shaunaka.

Let us adore the illumined sages!
Let us adore the illumined sages!

AUM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTII

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Those who know the Self become the Self.
None in their family forgets the Self.
Freed from the fetters of separateness,
They attain to immortality.

Let this wisdom be taught only to those
Who obey the law of life's unity.

~ Mundaka Upanishad ~

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The flowing river is lost in the sea;
The illumined sage is lost in the Self.
The flowing river has become the sea;
The illumined sage has become the Self.

~ Mundaka Upanishad ~

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What the sages sought they have found at last.
No more questions have they to ask of life.
With self-will extinguished, they are at peace.
Seeing the Lord of Love in all around,
Serving the Lord of Love in all around,
They are united with him forever.

They have attained the summit of wisdom
By the steep path of renunciation.
They have attained to immortality
And are united with the Lord of Love.
When they leave the body, the vital force
Returns to the cosmic womb, but their work
Becomes a beneficial force in life
To bring others together in the Self.



- Mundaka Upanishad

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The effulgent Self, who is beyond thought,
Shines in the greatest, shines in the smallest,
Shines in the farthest, shines in the nearest,
Shines in the secret chamber of the heart.

- Mundaka Upanishad

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The fool thinks not of the after-life, quite deluded by wealth as he is; 'This is the world, there is none other' - so persuaded, he falls again and again into my net.

- Katha Upanishad , II, 6.

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Who am I? How (came) this (world)? What is it? How (came) death and birth? Thus inquire within oneself, and great will be your benefit therefrom.

- Annapurnopanishad I, 40

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The wise man is not depressed by adversity, just as the golden lotus which does not fade at the approach of night. He does not set his heart on anything beyond his immediate concern, and his delight lies in the path of the virtuous.

- Mahopanishad

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As alum clarifies water, so the nature of one who is enlightened becomes purified. Free from doubts, wickedness, inquisitiveness and delusion, his mind is perfectly integrated, and he shines like the full moon.

- Mahopanishad

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The space between bondage and liberation measures 2 feet only. Bondage says ‘this is mine’ and liberation says ‘nothing is mine.’

- Mahopanishad

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Who am I? Whence is this widespread Samsara, i.e., flow of births and deaths? These, the wise should inquire into diligently, soon - nay, now.

- Mahopanishad, IV. 21

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Who sends the mind to wander afar? Who first drives life to start on its journey? Who impels us to utter these words? Who is the Spirit behind the eye and the ear?

It is the ear of the ear, the eye of the eye, and the Word of words, the mind of mind, and the life of life. Those who follow wisdom pass beyond and, on leaving this world, become immortal.

There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not, we cannot understand, how He can be explained: He is above the known and He is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.

~ Katha Upanishad

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Consciousness is samsara:
By effort one should purify it.
As is ones consciousness, so one becomes:
That is the eternal secret.

- Maitri Upanishad,

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" The Isha Upanishad "

The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all.
The Lord is the supreme Reality.
Rejoice in him through renunciation.
Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord.
Thus working may you live a hundred years.
Thus alone will you work in real freedom.

Those who deny the Self are born again
Blind to the Self, enveloped in darkness,
Utterly devoid of love for the Lord.

The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is
Swifter than thought, swifter than the senses.
Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit.
Without the Self, never could life exist.

The Self seems to move, but is ever still.
He seems far away, but is ever near.
He is within all, and he transcends all.

Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
Delude the one who sees its unity ?

The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self,
Indivisible, untouched by sin, wise,
Immanent and transcendent. He it is
Who holds the cosmos together.

In dark night live those for whom
The world without alone is real; in night
Darker still, for whom the world within
Alone is real. The first leads to a life
Of action, the second to a life of meditation
Cross the sea of death through action
And enter into immortality
Through the practice of meditation.
So we have heard from the wise.

In dark night live those for whom the Lord
Is transcendent only; in night darker still,
For whom he is immanent only.
But those for whom he is transcendent
And immanent cross the sea of death
With the immanent and enter into
Immortality with the transcendent.
So we have heard from the wise.

The face of Truth is hidden by your orb
Of gold, O sun. May you remove your orb
So that I, who adore the true, may see
The glory of Truth. O nourishing sun,
Solitary traveler, controller,
Source of life for all creatures, spread your light
And subdue your dazzling splendor
So that I may see your blessed Self.
Even that very Self am I !

May my life merge in the Immortal
When my body is reduced to ashes.
O mind, meditate on the Eternal Brahman.
Remember the deeds of the past.
Remember, O mind, remember.

O god of fire, lead us by the good path
To Eternal Joy. You know all our deeds.
Deliver us from evil, we who bow
And pray again and again.

OM Shanti Shanti Shantii

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As a great fish swims between the banks of a river as it likes, so does the shining Self move between the states of dreaming and waking.

As an eagle, weary after soaring in the sky, folds its wings and flies down to rest in its nest, so does the shining Self enter the state of dreamless sleep, where one is free from all desires. The Self is free from desire, free from evil, free from fear...

Like strangers in an unfamiliar country walking every day over a buried treasure, day by day we enter that Self while in deep sleep but never know it, carried away by what is false.

Day and night cannot cross that bridge, nor old age, nor death, nor grief, nor evil or good deeds. All evils turn back there, unable to cross; evil comes not into this world of Brahman. One who crosses by this bridge, if blind, is blind no more; if hurt, ceases to be hurt; if in sorrow, ceases sorrowing. At this boundary night itself becomes day: night comes not into the world of Reality...

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Hear, O children of immortal bliss!
You are born to be united with the Lord.
Follow the path of the illumined ones.
And be united with the Lord of Life.

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