Isavasya Upanisad




See god in all
To Him belong all
Know, renounce and rejoice
Seek not to possess, nothing is yours. (Mantra:1)

This short spiritual treatise of just eighteen mantras has inspired great minds for ages. A chapter in Shukla Yajurveda, the teachings here point out the Self – the divine Essence – in every one of us. A crisp summary of the Vedanta, this Upanishad shows us the way to rise above all our attachments to the finite objects of this world. The glittering sense objects, the sweetest emotions and even the lofty ideals of human life are but a golden disk, covering the face of the Truth. We must avoid all traps of wonderful work (karma, avidya) or charming thought patterns (upasana, vidya) and seek the pure Knowledge. The holy text permits the use of a healthy blend of lower spiritual practices as a stepping stone to the highest Realisation. The scripture concludes with some sublime prayers of an advanced seeker.


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