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 United States 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 acquired are thetranslations of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita–The Upanishads, Breath of theEternal, and The track of God, Bhagavad Gita–made through 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 out a precise literalism, but they communicate the meanings of thetexts much better than so much who attempt for literal wording. analyzing his translation of theGita replaced my lifestyles in 1960, and every little thing which occurred in a while was once aconsequence of that. My debt to him is incalculable and as a result unpayable. I lookedat many translations prior to taking over 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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If you will excuse me, I will not cite any examples at all, for it is simply too bleak. Just do not be one yourself! But I will tell you the principle I have seen demonstrated over and over again: Whatever a person abandons his spiritual life to keep or to gain will be (usually abruptly or even violently) taken away from him and he will never regain or restart his spiritual life in this incarnation. I have never seen an exception. Never. (I am, however, not speaking of merely risking or retarding the personal spiritual life–we all do that just from making mistakes or from silly foibles–but of the actual giving up and turning from, even rejecting of, one’s spiritual life and obligations.

Meditation and other forms of sadhana are that which protects us from the attraction of folly and ignorance. Wherefore Krishna asks: “The uncontrolled mind does not guess that the Atman is present: how can it meditate? Without meditation, where is peace? ” (Bhagavad Gita 2:66) To thee we offer our salutations, again and yet again! There are those who think that sadhana is medicine, a “have to” that they can sigh and grouch about and grudgingly engage in. They are wrong! Their very attitude will destroy any benefits the sadhana might bestow.

Thus one becomes united with it [Brahman] as the arrow becomes one with the target. He in Whom the sky, the earth, and the interspace are woven, as also the mind along with all the pranas, know Him alone as the one Self. Dismiss other utterances. This [Om] is the bridge to immortality. Meditate on Om as the Self. ’ To him, he said: ‘If he meditates on the Supreme Being [Parampurusha] with the Syllable Om, he becomes one with the Light, the Sun. He is led to the world of Brahman. 1) Alternating remembrance The thorough practicality and good sense of dharma is one of its most striking features: it works.

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