Selections from the Upanishads

He knew that Brahman is bliss. For truly, beings here are born from bliss. When born, they live by bliss. And into bliss when departing, they enter.

-- Taittiriya Upanishad 3.6.1

The face of truth is covered with a golden disc. Unveil it, O Pushan, so that I, who love the truth, may see it.
O Pushan, the sole seer, O Controller, O Sun, off-spring of Prajapati, spread forth your rays & gather up your radiant light that I may behold you of loveliest form. Whosoever is that person (yonder) that also am I.

-- Isha Upanishad 15-16

I have overcome the whole world. I am brilliant like the Sun.
He who knows this, knows the secret wisdom.

-- Taittiriya Upanishad 3.10.5

Friday, July 4, 2008


"All this is Brahman immortal, naught else; Brahman is in front of us, Brahma behind us, and to the south of us and to the north of us and below us and above us; it stretches everywhere. All this is Brahman alone, all this magnificent universe."
(MUNDAKA UPANISHAD, Aurobindo's translation)

"She said to him, 'It is the Eternal. Of the Eternal is this victory in which ye shall grow to greatness.' Then alone he came to know that he was Brahman."

(KENA UPANISHAD, Aurodindo's translation)

"OM is this imperishable Word, OM is the Universe, and this is the exposition of OM.
The past, present & 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 UPANISHAD, Aurobindo's translation)

"All this universe is the Eternal Brahman, this Self is the Eternal, and the Self is four-fold".
(MANDUKYA UPANISHAD, Aurobindo's translation)

"In the beginning the Spirit was One and all this (universe) was the Spirit; there was nought else that saw..."
(AITERIYA UPANISHAD, Aurobindo's translation)

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