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The Great Sage of the Upanishads (pre-Buddhism) Yajnavalkya and His Lofty Wisdom

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posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 09:40 AM
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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?

He replied,

"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."




posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 11:06 AM
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I didn't know about this sage before, but he is clearly preaching basic Hindu philosophy. Attainment of God-realization, self-realization, Jnana, Moksha, Nirvana, Satcitananda, Para Brahman... there are many names and explanations.

Either way, thanks for posting this.



posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 01:14 PM
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Originally posted by SassyCat
I didn't know about this sage before, but he is clearly preaching basic Hindu philosophy. Attainment of God-realization, self-realization, Jnana, Moksha, Nirvana, Satcitananda, Para Brahman... there are many names and explanations.

Either way, thanks for posting this.


The Upanishads represents ancient teachings that all religions share. Reincarnation of Buddhism, the Infinite Godhead of Hinduism, the Compassion of Christ, the Omnipotence of God, the devotion to the Lord of Islam. It is the perennial philosophy.



posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 06:48 PM
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The Self is One,
but appears as many.
The Self is pure,
but it is the witness to the impure.
The Self is our salvation.
The Self is our light.
We could not comprehend anything if we did not have a mind, we could not think with our mind if we did not have a Self.

Those who deny the Self
deny it either as a self-evident truth,
and thus something that does not need to be understood,
and in doing so they negate it, by ignoring it,
or there are those who deny the Self because they are in the hopeless belief that there is no salvation or truth that could be understood.



posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 07:17 PM
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That is pretty much the same as the Jungian concept of the Self, as the center of the psyche. He called the process of harmonizing the ego with the Self individuation, and it's pretty much the archetypal spiritual journey.



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 05:52 AM
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I'd love to agree, but sadly modern Christianity forbids the idea of reincarnation let alone godhood, it is considered blasphemy. Same goes for Islam. But both have their branches which are more open to God, like Sufi in Islam. Gospels of Judas or Thomas reveal that Christ shared "secrets" of his Lord involving much parallels with Hindu religion (eg. reincarnation) which was there considered worst blasphemy. That is probably the main reason of their "banishment" by the Church. While Romans manipulated gospels of Christ's "apostles", those of Judas and apparently Thomas remained untouched until just recently after two thousand years, as if it was meant to be. Therefore main goal for a follower of Christ is defiled by the bible, detachment all worldly possessions from money, material things to family and friends and taking the path of self-realization is never clear in the "holy scripts". That is clear in the Vedas but Hindu religion is manipulated for the caste system so it lacks other vital points which resulted in yet another split - Buddhism, which also then split again just recently into two separate branches.

For me it is perfectly clear why all main Churches want to make their religions appear different when in truth they are the same, it is Roman divide and conquer plan of world domination which is right now in its final stage.

[edit on 7/8/2010 by SassyCat]



posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 09:43 AM
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which is why those institutionalized religions should be rejected.
The vain are proud of their rituals and worship,
and can not see the truth.
They outlaw what they themselves can not achieve.
No pope has ever been holy enough to understand their oneness with God,
which is why no pope in history has ever proclaimed themselves to be God.
That honor is reserved only for the "heretics"
that die for man's sin (error).




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