posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 09:40 AM
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
The Great Sage Yajnavalkya once said,
"A wife loves her husband not for his own sake, but because the Self lives in him."
"Wealth is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it."
"The universe is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it."
"Gods are loved not for their own sake, but because the Self lives in them."
"Everything is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it."
The Self is in everything. Nothing can be comprehended except by the Self. The Self is all there is. Everything else is just a separate existence,
irregardless of form or function, and only the Self gives it meaning. What does function matter to you if you do not exist?
Yajnavalkya was asked once, "What is above heaven and below the earth, which is also between heaven and earth, which is the same through past,
present, and future, in what is that woven, warp, and woof?
He replied, "Space."
He was then asked, "In what is space woven, warp, and woof?
"The sages call it Akshara, the Imperishable.
It is neither big nor small, neither long
nor short, neither hot nor cold, neither bright nor dark,
neither air nor space. It is without
attachment, without taste, smell, or touch,
without eyes, ears, tongue, mouth, breath,
or mind, without movement, without limitation, without inside
or outside. It consumes nothing, and nothing consumes it.
In perfect accord with the will of the Imperishable,
Sun and Moon make their orbits;
heaven and earth remain in place; moments,
hours, days, nights, fortnights, months, and seasons
become years; rivers starting from the
snow-clad mountains flow east and west, north and south,
to the sea.
Without knowing the Imperishable, whoever performs rites and rituals,
and undergoes austerities, even for many years,
reaps little benefit, because rites, rituals, and austerities are all perishable. Whosoever dies without knowing the Imperishable dies
in a pitiable state; but those who know the Imperishable attain immortality when the body is shed at death."
The Sage Yajnavalkya once said that
the Self is Brahman, and that knowing this
one is no longer aware of inside or outside,
but act as if they were
in the arms of their beloved,
and cared not about what was inside or outside,
but found a perfect fulfillment,
this is the Self and what happens when the Self is realized.
One must Realize the Self in this life,
otherwise, all the rites, rituals, and ceremonies amount to little,
because none of those could exist without the will of the Self.
The Self appears small, but is omnipresent.
The Self appears invisible,
but it is constantly there.
The Self has neither eye, nor ear, nor tongue, but
it uses eye, ear, and tongue.
The Self is what draws our breath in and out.
It is that which is the knower, the seer,
the one that uses the mind to think.
This Self is not someone other than you.
As Yajnavalkya once said,
"The Self is free from desire, free from evil,
free from fear.
No one can buy immortality through wealth."