The world as name and form || On Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

February 9, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

यथा नद्यः स्यन्दमानाः समुद्रेऽस्तं गच्छन्ति नामरूपे विहाय ।
तथा विद्वान्नामरूपाद्विमुक्तः परात्परं पुरुषमुपैति दिव्यम् ॥

yathā nadyaḥ syandamānāḥ samudre'staṃ gacchanti nāmarūpe vihāya
tathā vidvānnāmarūpādvimuktaḥ parātparaṃ puruṣamupaiti divyam

As rivers in their flowing reach their home in the ocean and cast off their names and forms, even so one who knows is delivered from name and form and reaches the Supreme beyond the Most High, even the Divine Person.

~ Verse 3.2.8

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Acharya Prashant (AP): “As rivers in their flowing reach their home in the ocean and cast off their names and forms, even so one who knows is delivered from name and form and reaches the Supreme beyond the Most High, even the Divine Person.”

Name and form are the center of this verse. The one who knows is delivered from name and form, just as rivers cast off their names and forms upon meeting the ocean.

What is name? What is form? Form is all that we can perceive right now. Name is a pointer towards all that we have ever perceived, heard of, and stored in the memory.


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