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Saturday, October 15, 2011


Taittiriya Upanishad is somewhat like Mandukya Upanishad in that it talks about the aspects of OM but in a different light. In this scripture OM is spoken of as more of a spiritual or an ethereal representation of oneness than an explanation of what OM means. It is in this Upanishad we begin to see how the ancient sages saw OM as a way in which you could use it to unite with God and gain immortality of the soul.

According to this scripture a person is covered by sheaths of ignorance because he identifies himslef with material things. A person must discard the sheaths of ignorance in order to become one with Braham. The sheaths are: the physical body, the mental sheath, the intellectual sheath, and the ego. Beyond the sheaths is the Self. By taking refuge in Braham you can transcend ignorance and become one with the power of OM. OM is Brahman, OM is the Absolute. Only the wise will attain Braham.

A person who is knowledgable but does not know himself will not know Brahman. If you want to be wise and reach Brahman you must always tell the truth, read the scriptures, have good thoughts, practice self-denial, have austerity, give freely and abundantly with an unattached mind. So what are you waiting for?

This scripture also talks about the imporance of meditation for reaching oneness. "Seek to know Brahman by meditation. Meditation is Brahman." It mentions that the mind must be focused on Brahman (God) at all times. The focus must be on Brahman during work, play as well during quiet times alone and active times in groups. Those who do this this will know Reality.

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