The journey in the destination || On Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

February 23, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

प्रणवो धनुः शारो ह्यात्मा ब्रह्म तल्लक्ष्यमुच्यते ।
अप्रमत्तेन वेद्धव्यं शरवत्तन्मयो भवेत् ॥

praṇavo dhanuḥ śāro hyātmā brahma tallakṣyamucyate
apramattena veddhavyaṃ śaravattanmayo bhavet

AUM is the bow and the soul is the arrow, and That, even the Brahman, is spoken of as the target. That must be pierced with an unfaltering aim; one must be absorbed into That as an arrow is lost in its target.

~ Verse 2.2.4

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Acharya Prashant (AP): The context in which ‘soul’ used here does not refer to Ātman or Truth; it refers to the mind, jīvātman. These are subtle things, and if you miss them, then there are possibilities of great misinterpretation. Because, you see, even the verse does not say jīvātman; the verse says ātmā. At the same time, the verse, in the same breath, says the Brahman is the target.


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