The next Book Club meeting is this Friday, July 2nd 8pm Paris time, 2 pm New York time. Mark will be hosting.
We enjoy each others’ presence and welcome newcomers warmly. We start off by sharing our thoughts and reactions to a quote provided. Then we let whatever comes up to come up.
This week we’ll look at the Mandyuka Upanishad. It is claimed if you understand this, there is nothing more to be understood. It is one of the founding documents of Advaita Vedanta.
OM! This Imperishable Word is the whole of this visible universe. Its explanation is as follows: What has become, what is becoming, what will become – verily, all of this is OM. And what is beyond these three states of the world of time – that too, verily, is OM.
All this, verily, is Brahman. The Self is Brahman. This Self has four quarters.
The first quarter is Vaiśvānara. Its field is the waking state. Its consciousness is outward-turned. It is seven-limbed and nineteen-mouthed. It enjoys gross objects.
The second quarter is taijasa. Its field is the dream state. Its consciousness is inward-turned. It is seven-limbedand nineteen-mouthed. It enjoys subtle objects.
The third quarter is prājña, where one asleep neither desires anything nor beholds any dream: that is deep sleep. In this field of dreamless sleep, one becomes undivided, an undifferentiated mass of consciousness, consisting of bliss and feeding on bliss. His mouth is consciousness.
This is the Lord of All; the Omniscient; the Indwelling Controller; the Source of All. This is the beginning and end of all beings.
That is known as the fourth quarter: neither inward-turned nor outward-turned consciousness, nor the two together; not an indifferentiated mass of consciousness; neither knowing, nor unknowing; invisible, ineffable, intangible, devoid of characteristics, inconceivable, indefinable, its sole essence being the consciousness of its own Self; the coming to rest of all relative existence; utterly quiet; peaceful; blissful: without a second: this is the Ātman, the Self; this is to be realised.
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