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Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.

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Even as birds, O beloved, return to their tree for rest,
thus all things find their rest in Atman, the Supreme Spirit.
All things find their final peace in their inmost Self, the Spirit.

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"From the waters everything is made, both what is manifest and what is Unmanifest. Therefore, all manifestation (murti) is water." - Prasna Upanishad, l.-4-5.

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We are like the spider.
We weave our life and then move along in it.
We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream.
This is true for the entire universe.

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In the beginning this [universe] was the Self alone… He [the Self] reflected and saw nothing but the Self. He first said, 'I am He'. Therefore He came to be known by the name aham ['I'].

~ Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, trnsl. Swami Nikhilananda

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Om is the Akshara, or imperishable syllable. Om is the Universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be, is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om. -- Mandukya Upanishud

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It is That which is Brahman.
It is That which is the Adhyatma.
It is That which is the Supreme.
It is That which is of the nature of Infinity.
It is the Atman.

~ Tejabinduopanishad
Sloka 9

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Realizing the pure Paramatman as the Self,
who lies in the cavity of the heart,
who is part-less,
one without a second,
the Witness of all,
beyond both existence & non-existence - one attains to the Paramatman Itself.

~ Kaivalya Upanishad

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He [Brahman] alone is all that was, and all that will be, the Eternal.
Knowing him one transcends death; there is no other way to freedom.

KAIVALYA UPANISHAD

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Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya - in sanskrit with meaning - mantra from Upanishad
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय
Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya



Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
1: Om, Lead us from Unreality (of Transitory Existence) to the Reality (of Self),
2: Lead us from the Darkness (of Ignorance) to the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
3: Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality.
4: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

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Even as fire finds peace
in its resting place without fuel,
when thoughts become silent,
the soul finds peace in its own source.

When the mind is silent,
then it can enter into a world
which is far beyond the mind.

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Brahman is all, and the Self is Brahman.
This Self has four states of Consciousness.

The first is called Vaishvanara, in which
One lives with all the senses turned outward,
Aware only of the external world.

Taijasa is the name of the second,
The dreaming state in which, with the senses
Turned inward, one enacts the impressions
Of past deeds and present desires.

The third state is called Prajna, of deep sleep,
In which one neither dreams nor desires.
There is no mind in Prajna, there is no
Separateness; but the sleeper is not
Conscious of this.
Let him become conscious
In Prajna and it will open the door
To the state of abiding joy.

Prajna, all-powerful and all-knowing,
Dwells in the hearts of all as the ruler.
Prajna is the source and end of all.

The fourth is the superconscious state called
Turiya, neither inward nor outward,
Beyond the senses and the intellect,
In which there is none other than the Lord.
He is the supreme goal of life.
He is Infinite peace and love. Realize him!

~ Mandukya Upanishad,

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Speak the truth. Practise righteousness. Do not neglect study. Do not swerve from the truth. Do not swerve from righteousness. Do not neglect (personal) welfare. Do not neglect prosperity. Do not neglect learning and teaching.

TAITTIRIYA UPANISHAD

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As oil in the sesame seed, butter in the curd, water in the stream, fire in the arani wood, so is the Atman in one’s self to be discovered by one who realizes It through truth and tapasya.

BRAHMA UPANISHAD

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One becomes happy by coming in contact with that source of joy. Who
indeed will inhale and who will exhale if this Bliss be not there in the supreme space (within the heart). This One indeed enlivens people.

TAITTRIYA UPANISHAD

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Dissolve the self in the supreme Self as the pot-space is dissolved in infinite space; then, as the Infinite be silent for ever.

~ Adhyatma Upanishad

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As is one’s desire, so is one’s destiny. For, as our desire is, so is our will; as our will is, so is our deed; and as our deed is, so is our reward, whether good or bad.

BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

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Both the good and the pleasant present themselves before man. The wise (intelligent) one examines them well and discriminates between them. He prefers the good to the pleasant. The dull one chooses the pleasant out of greed (to acquire more) and desire (to protect what he has)

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When all the desires clinging to one’s heart fall off , then a mortal becomes immortal and attains Brahman here.

KATHA UPANISHAD

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When a wise man has withdrawn his mind
from all things without, and when
his spirit has peacefully left all inner sensations'
let him rest in peace, free from the movement of will and desire. ...
For it has been said:
There is something beyond our mind
which abides in silence within our mind.
It is the supreme mystery beyond thought.
Let one's mind and subtle spirit rest upon that and nothing else.

When the mind is silent, beyond weakness and distraction,
then it can enter into a world which is far beyond the mind:
the supreme Destination. ...
Then one knows the joy of Eternity.

~ Maitri Upanishad, VI.19-23

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Each wave in the brain that says "I" and "mine" immediately puts a chain around us and makes us slaves, and the more we say "I" and "mine" more our slavery, the greater our misery. Therefore, the Karma-yoga advises us to enjoy the beauty of all things in the world, but not to identify with any of them.

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You cannot see the seer of seeing; you cannot hear the hearer of hearing; you cannot think the thinker of thinking; you cannot know the knower of knowing. This is your Self that is within everything. What is other than this is suffering.

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The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars.
Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.

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The Entire world we see has it's source in Brahman, and who is the Brahman ?
You are the Brahman

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As is the human body, So is the cosmic body. As is the human mind, So is the common mind. As is the microcosm, So is the macrocosm. As is the atom, So is the universe.

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ON BREATH

“O Prana, lord of creation, thou as breath dwellest in the body.” (Prashna Upanishad 2.7)
“When one breathes, one knows him as breath.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.7)
“Self-luminous is that Being, and formless. He dwells within all and without all. He is unborn, pure, greater than the greatest. From him is born the breath.” (Mundaka Upanishad 2.1.2,3) Since the breath rises from God, it can be resolved back into God.
“Breath is a part of Brahman.” (Chandogya Upanishad 4.9.3)
“The being who is the breath within–him I meditate upon as Brahman.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.1.6)
“Breath is the Immortal One.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.6.3)
“The breath is real, and He [Brahman] is the reality of the breath.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.6)
“The shining, immortal person who is breath is the Self, is Brahman.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.5.4)
“Which is the one God? The breath. He is Brahman.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.9.9)
“They who know the breath of the breath…have realized the ancient, primordial Brahman.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.18)
“The breath is the Supreme Brahman. The breath never deserts him who, knowing thus, meditates upon it. Having become a god, he goes to the gods.” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.1.3)

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