×
  • 176
  • Share
Home >> Seeker’s Solace  >> Know Thyself: The stainless world of Supreme Brahman
 

Know Thyself: The stainless world of Supreme Brahman

By

Teshhaamasau virajo brahmaloko

To him or her, belongs that stainless world of Brahman in which there is no crookedness, falsehood or trickery. A corollary to this would be, when there is crookedness, falsehood or trickery, one cannot hope to reach the pure world of the stainless Brahman. One has to become stainless first in one’s living, otherwise how can one proceed to the stainless Supreme Being?

What should you do to attain Brahman in day-to-day life?

Yeshhu  jihmamanritam na maayaa cheti

Those who learn how to control and use their energies properly at the right time at the right moment, they attain that stainless world where there is no crookedness, falseness or trickery–which means, if you have crookedness, falsehood or trickery, you cannot hope to reach the stainless world of the Supreme Brahman! There is no falsehood–na maayaa cheti–there is no trickery or crookedness in that stainless world of the Supreme Brahman.

Now, we move to the second prasna of the Upanishad. The next questioner gets ready to ask. Who is this next questioner? Bhargava of the Vidarbha country, who asks Pippalada: O Sir, O Bhagavan! Honourable Sir, how many powers support the created world? How many illumine this and which or who among them is the greatest?

Tasmai Sa Hovaca

The Rishi replies: Akasa–ether verily–is such a power. Wind, fire, water, earth, speech, mind, eye and the ear too! They, having illumined it, declare: we sustain and support this body. 

 So, Prana, the greatest of them is deified here, who says to the other powers–to the rest of the energies of the universe–to not cherish this delusion that the body is supported by them alone.


And, what is the answer to the question of how many powers support the created world and how many illumine this and which is the greatest of these powers?

The Rishi says–Space is such a power and in it is contained the wind, the fire, the water, the earth and then, as far as the human body is concerned, the speech by which one can communicate this Truth to others and the mind without which one cannot even speculate on the Truth. And the eye that sees the universe in its splendour and the ear that hears both the auspicious and the inauspicious, these illumine the body and the world, sustaining and supporting them.

Then, it personalises Prana (the life-breath), which is the greatest of them; the sum total of everything is Prana, it is the energy that animates everything. So, Prana, the greatest of them is deified here, who says to the other powers–to the rest of the energies of the universe–to not cherish this delusion that the body is supported by them alone.

Prana says: “I alone, dividing myself fivefold, sustain and support this body.”

Comments

Most Pop­u­lar