All that shines is but the shadow of His shining || On Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

March 10, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

न तत्र सूर्यो भाति न चन्द्रतारकं नेमा विद्युतो भान्ति कुतोऽयमग्निः ।
तमेव भान्तमनुभाति सर्वं तस्य भासा सर्वमिदं विभाति ॥

na tatra sūryo bhāti na candratārakaṃ nemā vidyuto bhānti kuto'yamagniḥ
tameva bhāntamanubhāti sarvaṃ tasya bhāsā sarvamidaṃ vibhāti

There the sun shines not and the moon has no splendor and the stars are blind; there these lightnings flash not, how then shall burn this earthly fire? All that shines is but the shadow of His shining; all this universe is effulgent with His light.

~ Verse 2.2.11

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Acharya Prashant (AP): “There the sun shines not and the moon has no splendor and the stars are blind; there these lightnings flash not, how then shall burn this earthly fire? All that shines is but the shadow of His shining; all this universe is effulgent with His light.”

Beautiful. One does not feel like speaking on it; it is almost an act of irreverence, and also an act that cannot ever fully succeed. It is probably enough to just read it and re-read it and keep reading it. Anyway, I will attempt to say something.


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