Kena Upanishad

“Once the gods won a victory over the demons, and though they had done so only through the power of Brahman, they were exceedingly vain. They thought to themselves, ‘It was we who beat our enemies, and the glory is ours.’ Brahman saw their vanity and appeared before them. But they did not recognise him. Then the other gods said to the god of fire: ‘Fire, find out who this mysterious spirit is.’ ‘Yes,’ said the god of fire and approached the spirit. the spirit said to him: ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am the god of fire. As a matter of fact, I am very well known.’ ‘And what power do you wield?’ ‘I can burn anything on earth.’ ‘Burn this,’ said the spirit, placing a straw before him. The god of fire fell upon it with all his might, but could not consume it. So he ran back to the other gods, and said: ‘ I cannot discover who this mysterious spirit is.’ Then said the other gods to the god of wind: ‘Wind, do you find out for us who he is.’ ‘Yes’, said the god of wind, and approached the spirit. The spirit said to him: ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am the god of wind. As a matter of fact, I am very widely known. I fly swiftly through the heavens.’ ‘And what power do you wield?’ ‘I can blow away anything on this earth.’ ‘Blow this away,’ said the spirit, placing a straw before him. the god of wind fell upon it with all his might, but was unable to move it. So he ran back to the other gods, and said: ‘I cannot discover who this mysterious spirit is.’ Then said the other gods to Indra, greatest of them all: ‘O respected one, find out for us, we pray you, who he is.’ ‘Yes,’ said Indra, and drew nigh to the spirit. But the spirit vanished, and in his place stood Uma, God the Mother, well adorned and of exceeding beauty. Beholding her, Indra asked: ‘Who was the spirit that appeared to us?’ ‘That,’ answered Uma, ‘was Brahman. Through him it was that you obtained your victory and your glory.’ Thus did Indra, and the god of fire, and the god of wind come to recognise Brahman. A disciple asked: ‘Sir, teach me more of the knowledge of Brahman.’ The Master replied: ‘ I have told you the secret knowledge. Austerity, self-control, performance of duty without attachment – these are the body of that knowledge. The Vedas are its limbs. Truth its very soul. he who attains the knowledge of Brahman, being freed from all evil, finds the Eternal, the Supreme. ”

OM…peace-peace-peace.

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