As rivers flow into the sea…

“When death overtakes the body, the vital energy enters the cosmic source, the senses dissolve in their cause, and karmas and the individual soul are lost in Brahman, the pure, the changeless. As rivers flow into the sea and in so doing lose name and form, even so the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being, the Self-Luminous, the Infinite.He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman.”

It’s like a magnetic force. Within us there is a divine spark – the Atman – and this is always drawn towards the Supreme Being – Brahman. Once you feel that magnetic connection, you experience oneness and you look at life differently forever…

And so we finish Mundaka Upanishad. OM…Peace – peace – peace.

These words

These words are so lovely from Mundaka upanishad:

” Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. but when he recognises the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his glory, he grieves no more.

When the seer beholds the Effulgent One, the Lord, the Supreme Being, then, transcending both good and evil, and freed from impurities, he unites himself with him.

The Lord is the one life shining forth from every creature. Seeing him present in all, the wise man is humble, puts not himself forward. His delight is in the Self, he serves the Lord in all. Such as he, indeed, are the true knowers of Brahman.

This Effulgent Self is to be realised within the lotus of the heart by continence, by steadfastness in truth, by meditation, and by superconscious vision. Their impurities washed away, the seers realise him.”

Note the use of the lower case ‘s’ in the individual self, and the capital ‘s’ in the immortal Self.

Chapter 9

Chapter 9 is entitled ‘The Yoga of Mysticism’. Krishna sets out to explain how the universe works. He has manifested as Arjuna’s charioteer, but he is really the mighty Supreme Being. All things exist in him. ‘For, as the vast air, wandering world-wide, remains within the ether always, so these, my wandering creatures, are always within me.’

He goes on to say,’ I am OM, I am absolute knowledge…I am the end of the path, the witness, the Lord, the sustainer: I am the place of abode, the beginning, the friend and the refuge.’

That is how I see my yoga. It is my best friend, my support, my constant companion. And, even after teaching for almost forty years, it is sometimes a complete enigma!