The name of the unending love affair || On Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

January 26, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

सत्येन लभ्यस्तपसा ह्येष आत्मा सम्यग्ज्ञानेन ब्रह्मचर्येण नित्यम् ।
अन्तःशरीरे ज्योतिर्मयो हि शुभ्रो यं पश्यन्ति यतयः क्षीणदोषाः ॥

satyena labhyastapasā hyeṣa ātmā samyagjñānena brahmacaryeṇa nityam
antaḥśarīre jyotirmayo hi śubhro yaṃ paśyanti yatayaḥ kṣīṇadoṣāḥ

The Self can always be won by truth, by self-discipline, by integral knowledge, by a life of purity; this Self that is in the inner body, radiant, made all of light, whom by the perishing of their blemishes the doers of askesis behold.

~ Verse 3.1.5, Mundaka Upanishad

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Acharya Prashant (AP): Verse five.

“The Self can always be won by truth, by self-discipline, by integral knowledge, by a life of purity; this Self that is in the inner body, radiant, made all of light, whom by the perishing of their blemishes the doers of askesis behold.”

The Self, the Truth, Ātman, is to be attained by devotion to the Truth; by self-discipline, ātmā sayam; by integral knowledge, by total knowledge, saṃpūrṇa jñāna; by a life of purity, brahmacarya.


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