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The Upanishads — Overview

The Upanishads are part of Vedanta or the last part of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism created between 1500–1000 BCE.

The Upanishads contain revealed truth (Sruti) about Brahman (God), the Ultimate Image
Reality and the way of salvation (Moksha).

Term Upanishad derives from upa- ('nearby'), ni- ('at the proper place, down') and sad ('to sit') and it means 'sitting near a teacher to receive the sacred teachings'.

Vedanta (anta 'the end' or 'last portion') is the essence and
culmination of all the knowledge within the Vedas. Vedas (vid - 'to know', 'knowledge' of the eternal truth).

Of the 108 Upanishads that have been preserved 12 are considered the principle Upanishads. The Upanishads most of all are the record of what the sages and seers
perceived in thought and visions and are not an organized systems of philosophy. They have elucidated the most important questions of human existence:

Purpose of Life

Nature of Brahman (God)

The Origin of the Universe

Karma

Rebirth

Maya

Afterlife

Immortality
The Upanishads deal the disciplines of philosophical knowledge (jnana), divine love (bhakti), action (karma), and yoga. They express the same truth as the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras.

-- Read more: yogananda.com.au/upa/Upanishads…

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Brahman -- continued

The Upanishads describe Brahman as having two aspects:

1. Para Brahman, Supreme Brahman is without qualities (Nirguna Brahman)

2. Brahman qualified by limiting conditions (Saguna Brahman)

The ultimate Brahman is devoid of attributes. Image
The entire phenomenal universe is subject to the categories of space, time, and causation; but Brahman, the Supreme Reality, is beyond. In contrast with phenomenal objects, Brahman is not in space but is spaceless. Brahman is not in time but is timeless.
Brahman is not subject to causality but independent of the causal chain. "That which is not destroyed when the upadhis of time, space, and causation are destroyed, is Brahman, the immortal Reality."

In describing Brahman as omnipresent, all-pervading, unlimited,
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नाहं प्रकाशः सर्वस्य योगमायासमावृतः।
मूढोऽयं नाभिजानाति लोको मामजमव्ययम्॥

Seemingly eclipsed by My own Yoga-Maya (the delusion born of the triple qualities in Nature), I am unseen by men. The bewildered world knows not Me, the Unborn, the Deathless.

THE UNCHANGEABLE, Image
CAUSELESS, invisible light of Cosmic Consciousness remains hidden behind the dream shadows of creation, unperceived by its countless dream entities.

Only a few wise men, detached in their outlook by a practice of yoga ecstasy, look up into the spiritual eye and through its
omniscient vision see the pure spherical cosmic beam-the manifested power of the Unmanifested Spirit—that produces within its heart the technicolored motion pictures of life. Just as the shadows of motion pictures hide the beam that produces them, so God's
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Naren Bhupati:
*This Self is never born nor does it ever perish; nor having come into existence will it again cease to be. It is birthless, eternal, changeless, ever-same (unaffected by the usual processes associated with time). Image
It is not slain when the body is killed.* —The Bhagavad Gita II:20

Commentary:

*First Know Yourself As The Sout*

The soul, in essence the reflection of Spirit, never undergoes the pangs of birth nor the throes of death. Nor having once been projected from the womb of immortal
Spirit will Prince Soul, on return to Spirit, lose its individuality; having entered the portals of nativity, its existence will never cease. In all its bodily births, the Spirit-soul never felt birth; it exists everlastingly, untouched by the maya-magic fingers of change.
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Plunge into the inner silence again and again by practising the methods of concentration and meditation I have given you, and you will find great peace and happiness. The Gita says: "Free from ever-hoping desires and from
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During my hermitage training in India my guru,
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Naren Bhupati:
*He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.* — The Bhagavad Gita VI:30

Commentary:

The divine lover beholds god through every window of thought and space, and the
Cosmic Beloved beholds the devotee through every window of His omnipresent love. Enlocked in visions of love. God and the devotee enjoy unparted union. After uniting his soul to God, the yogi may still maintain the dual relation—the liberated devotee,
and God as the Object of adoration.

This stanza of the Gita definitely points out that the illumined yogi does not lose the individuality of his soul; instead he finds his being extended into the Being of the Spirit. An ordinary person perceives himself as separate from God.
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