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Eternal truths of the Upanishads

The Upanishads breathe the pure fragrance of perennially fresh dialogues between earnest truth and outstanding spiritual teacher. There is a great significance in the lofty and sublime utterances of sages, described as “Mahavakyas”. Statements like “Tarati Sokam Atmavit” meaning that the knower of the Atma crosses over to other shore beyond all sorrow, echo the characteristic Vedantic note, common to all Upanishads, that life is perpetual flow of impermanences and the density of the soul lies n the tranquil haven of true self-knowledge. The emphasis is not merely on the prospect of redemption which is real.


In his lecture Prof. K.Seshadri referred to the Prasthanathraya and dwelt on the Upanishads and Brahmasutras, highlighting the uniqueness of the structure and architectonic pattern of the latter. Showing how both are intimately interwoven, and revealing the synthesis of their logic with the spiritual intuition. The extreme brevity and cryptic character of the Sutras makes it necessary for a whole world of commentarial literature to be built around the text (of the Sutras). What the Upanishads offer in the first flush of immediate revelation is presented in the Brahmasutras, between themselves, the Brahmasutras and the Upanishads integrate reason and intuition and reconcile the apparently incompatible claims of overt action and mystical absorption.

October 4, 1975
Need to eschew desire for wealth

The lure of money may drive a person crazy to the point of flouting all norms of ethics and risking his self-respect, reputation and even life. A moment of reflection will reveal that it is the source of agony and mental unrest. One has to toil a great deal to earn money and the troubles do not cease there. How the rich spend sleepless nights worrying about the ways of safeguarding what they have acquired is common knowledge. The pleasures which money can buy are not only effervescent but inferior to what one can get by devoting oneself to the Supreme Being. In the end also, only misery results. Thus, by any account, it is not worthwhile to go chasing after wealth. Unless the mind is weaned away from the mammon, it will be impossible for an individual to concentrate on God. Hence desire for wealth is considered to be an impediment to God-realisation and one is advised to get over it by developing Vairagya. One should learn to be content with whatever wealth one has been blessed with and destined to enjoy, as a consequence of one's past deeds.

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