Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Īśāvāsyopaniṣat - 1

 || hariḥ om ||

pūrnam-adaḥ pūrṇam-idaṃ pūrṇāt-pūrṇam-udacyate | 
pūrṇasya pūrṇam-ādāya pūrṇamevavaśiṣyate ||

om śāntiś-śāntiś-śāntiḥ

Peace Chant
That is complete.
This is complete.
From the complete, complete comes forth.
When the complete has been taken from the complete, the complete remains.
Peace! Peace! Peace!

The narrow individual mindset comprehends objects which appeal to us as 'part' of the world. To us, no object is complete by itself. Having attained any object, the human mind desires new objects. Having removed some undesirable objects, the human mind desires more perfect states. 
But, there is one entity that is quite different (vilakṣaṇaḥ). That is Brahman. The Brahman is perfect or complete (pūrṇaḥ)
The vision of the Brahman is the complete vision, and brings peace.

What we perceive as 'that object or condition' is complete or perfect. That is, it is the Brahman. What we perceive as 'this object or condition' is also complete or perfect as it is the Brahman. Whatever proceeds from those objects or conditions is also perfect since that is Brahman too. What remains after that procession is perfect and complete; it is the Brahman.

Peace comes when the Brahman is perceived in everything. 

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