By Nirmalananda Giri
The Upanishads have lengthy scholars of philosophy within the West. TheEnglish thinker Hume translated a few of them into English within the eighteenthcentury. Later he travelled to the USA the place he taught Sanskrit to Thomas Jeffersonand jointly they studied the Upanishads of their unique form.The maximum boon seekers of fact during this nation have obtained are thetranslations of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita–The Upanishads, Breath of theEternal, and The tune of God, Bhagavad Gita–made via Swami Prabhavananda of theVedanta Society of Southern California within the nineteen-forties. i used to be privileged to hearhim converse in 1962, and the worth and readability of his insights have been striking. In histranslations he didn't try an actual literalism, but they impart the meanings of thetexts much better than so much who attempt for literal wording. analyzing his translation of theGita replaced my existence in 1960, and every thing which occurred in a while used to be aconsequence of that. My debt to him is incalculable and consequently unpayable. I lookedat many translations earlier than taking on the duty of commenting at the Upanishads, and Ifound Swamiji’s model inescapable. the sunshine of the Self (Atma Jyoti) radiates fromthe pages, conveying to us the illumination and blessing of his instructor SwamiBrahmananda and his grasp, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, of Whom it may be rightlysaid: “He shining, every thing shines.” [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Over and over again they plunge headlong into the sea of rebirth, never raising such questions about relative existence, but “going for it” heedlessly. Only when confronted with God do they develop prudence and caution. ” (Luke 17:33) This is because we are truly negative–that is, we are absolutely backwards one hundred and eighty degrees. Consequently what we think will annihilate us will immortalize us, whereas what we think will make us live will destroy us. ” Understanding the destiny of the body It is not a simple thing to rid ourselves of the conditionings of billions of lives wherein we identified completely with the body.
Through the years I kept questioning as to whether things were a blessing for life or a bribe to embrace inner death. This, too, we see so often. From those early years and even till now I have seen so many bribes offered and taken, all of them cheap and paltry compared to what the seekers would have gained if they had turned away from the offers. And as I have pointed out, in every instance the promise was withdrawn unfulfilled or the “gain” was ruthlessly wrested from their grasp and they were left broken and empty.
Those intonations will guarantee our ascent into the solar world. Those who have imbued themselves with the Pranavic vibrations will enter through the solar gate, whereas those who have not done so will be shut out by it and compelled to return to earthly rebirth. ” (Amritabindu Upanishad 25, 26) Those who continually invoke and meditate upon Om during their lifetime will remember Om at the time of death, and by means of Om will ascend to the sun and beyond into the real Beyond. ” (Maitrayana Upanishad 6:3) Sunlight is the radiant form of Om.