Life is Consciousness alone || Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

January 31, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

प्रणो ह्येष यः सर्वभूतैर्विभाति विजानन्विद्वान्भवते नातिवादी ।
आत्मक्रीड आत्मरतिः क्रियावानेष ब्रह्मविदां वरिष्ठः ॥

praṇo hyeṣa yaḥ sarvabhūtairvibhāti vijānanvidvānbhavate nātivādī
ātmakrīḍa ātmaratiḥ kriyāvāneṣa brahmavidāṃ variṣṭhaḥ

This is the life in things that shines manifested by all these beings; a man of knowledge coming wholly to know this, draws back from creeds and too much disputings. In the Self his delight, at play in the Self, doing works; the best is he among the knowers of the Eternal.

~ Verse 3.1.4

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Acharya Prashant (AP): “This is the life in things that shines manifested by all these beings.”

The śloka (verse) says praṇa. Praṇa has been loosely translated as ‘life’ here.

“There is the life, praṇa, in things that shines manifested by all these beings; a man of knowledge coming wholly to know this, draws back from creeds and too much disputings.”


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