The only thing worth keeping is the one that is unknown to you || On Mundaka Upanishad (2021)

February 20, 2022 | Acharya Prashant

आविः संनिहितं गुहाचरन्नाम महत्पदमत्रैतत्समर्पितम् ।
एजत्प्राणन्निमिषच्च यदेतज्जानथ सदसद्वरेण्यं परं विज्ञानाद्यद्वरिष्ठं प्रजानाम् ॥

āviḥ saṃnihitaṃ guhācarannāma mahatpadamatraitatsamarpitam
ejatprāṇannimiṣacca yadetajjānatha sadasadvareṇyaṃ paraṃ vijñānādyadvariṣṭhaṃ prajānām

Manifested, it is here set close within, moving in the secret heart. This is the mighty foundation and into it is consigned all that moves and breathes and sees. This that is that great foundation here, know it as the Is and Is not, the supremely desirable, greatest and the Most High, beyond the knowledge of creatures.

~ Verse 2.2.1

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Acharya Prashant (AP): This is a particularly rich verse. We will proceed through it part by part and with great attention.

“Manifested”—manifested on its own—“it is here set close within, moving in the secret heart.” Manifested—visible, apparent, perceptible. It is out there, and yet it is here set close within, moving in the secret heart.


Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More