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MANDUKYA UPANISHAD: Brief Exposé on AUM and Its Appearances

KORA KOOSRAJ


 MANDUKYA UPANISHAD


1:  WHAT IS AUM?

Aum ity etad akssharam idam sarvam 

tasy' opavyâkhyânam 

bhuutam bhavad bhavisshyad iti sarvam om-kâra eva, 

yac c'ânyat tri-kâl'âtîtam tad apy om-kâra eva

AUM, the One Unified Consciousness, is everything: 

This indivisible imperishable 'AUM is everything. A brief exposition of AUM follows: 

All that had existed, all that is now, or all that will in future be - everything (appearing as mind-created divisions - kâra) is only aspects of AUM.

And what's beyond this threefold time-bound universe (or beyond the threefold realms of time, space and contents/events), that too is nothing else but aspects of AUM.


2: How can AUM mean everything?

Sarvam hy-etad brahma Ayam âtmâ brahma  So'yam âtmâ catusshpât

AUM (Imperishable), Brahman (Universal), Atman (Individual) has four aspects/ dimensions:

All of this, everywhere, is nothing but Brahman, the One Universal Consciousness. 

The One Universal Consciousness (Brahman) (appearing through Individuation) is also this Individual Consciousness (Atman). 

This Atman or Individuated Consciousness has four states of consciousness through which It appears (as evidenced by our experiences).


3: First (Conscious) Aspect/Appearance

Jâgarita-sthâno bahissh-prajnah  saptânga ekonavimshati mukhah 

sthuula-bhug vaishvânarah prathamah pâdah

First is Waking / Gross State:

The waking state is where consciousness is outward-knowing. 

Through seven limbs/instruments* and nineteen mouths/channels**,

It experiences particular gross objects and events, pertaining to the phenomenal universe. This is the first and most evident aspect of conscious experience, leading to the appearance of  the gross phenomenal worlds (vishva or vaishva) and human self (nara).

*Seven Instruments: First, Consciousness manifests outward, appearing as macrocosmic physical elements such as space, air, fire, water, and earth, along with individuation of the whole (individual self) and the flow of life-energy (the vibrant life impulse in breathing).

**Nineteen Channels: Then, the microcosmic individual operates through the four functions of mind (aspects of the inner instrument of differentiation: antah-karana), which are attention, memory, egoself and intellect.  Those four operate through the five life-impulses: vâyus (prâna - incorporating, apâna – evacuating, samâna – assimilating, udâna – elevating, and vyâna – circulating), the five organs of action (karmendriya - of eliminating, procreating, circulating, manipulating, and speaking/ eating), and the five cognitive senses (jnânendriya - of smelling, tasting, seeing, touching, and hearing).


4: Second (Subconscious) Aspect

Svapna-sthâno'ntah-prajnah  saptânga ekonavimshati mukhah 

pravivikta bhuk taijaso dvîtiyah pâdah

Second is Dreaming / Subtle:

Consciousness in dreaming state appears as the plastic consciousness of the inner world.  

It operates through the (subtle aspects of the) seven instruments and nineteen channels, experiencing (enjoying/enduring) the subtle objects/events of the luminous (taijasa) imaginary inner realm:  

this is the second inner state of playing out and discharge or projections of emotional/ mental contents.


5: Third (Unconscious) Aspect

Yatra supto na kancana kamam kâmayate 

na kancana svapnam pasyati tat susshuptam. 

Sushupta-sthāna ekîbhuutah prajnânaghana 

evânandamayo hy ânandabhuk chetomukhah 

prajnâs-tritîyah pâdah

 Third is Deep Sleep / Causal:

Consciousness in deep sleep is not driven by the slightest desire/feeling for any particular gross/subtle objects/events, and perceives not the slightest dream sequence: that is why it is called the sweet sleep or peaceful recovery state. 

The sweet sleep state of recovery (of wholeness) remains established in oneness: consciousness operating as undifferentiated unconsciousness as in a seed.

It is only made of the bliss of being whole, just enjoying wholeness or healing (as nothing is lacking). 

It is (like) the mouth that swallows individual consciousness as well as the doorway back to conscious and subconscious awareness.

This is the third pre-consciousness or unconscious (prajna) state of recovery or absorption.


6: Significance of absorption and recovery as in deep sleep:

Essha sarveshvara essha sarvajna  essho'ntaryâmy 

esha yonih sarvasya prabhav'âpyayau hi bhuutânâm

This unconscious seed-like causal state is what directs everything from within, being the hidden intelligence of the whole existence (including the body-mind).

Although imperceptible, it rules over and monitors everything from the depths of unconsciousness.  It is the source or womb of everything (the universal unconsciousness):

All contents/events of the universe originate from and dissolve back into this (all powerful, all-knowing unconscious) root source.


7: The Fourth Aspect - Spiritual

N'ântah-prajnam na bahissh-prajnam, n'obhayatah-prajnam 

na prajnâna-ghanam na prajnam n'âprajnam. 

Adrishhtam-avyavahârayam-agrâhyam- 

alaksshanam-acintyam-avyapadeshyam-

ek'âtma-pratyaya sâram, 

prapanc'opasamam shântam shivam-advaitam

caturtham manyante sa âtmâ sa vijneyah

Fourth is Turiya – Transcendental Awakened State:

Transcendental or Pure Consciousness is neither inward subtle consciousness, nor outward gross consciousness, nor a mix of both inward and outward consciousness; 

Transcendental Consciousness is neither filled with unconscious mass nor an entity that is conscious, subconscious or unconscious.

Unseen by any faculties, it cannot be described or apprehended by the outward flowing instruments of consciousness, it cannot be imagined by thought: It cannot be determined by any such means. 

(Yet) It is the One Self-Evident Substance/Essence of everything, wherein the world's diverse objects and contradictions (gross and subtle) are laid to rest.  It is immaculate peace, unconditional love (all embracing), without any dualism or division. 


That has been described as the Transcendental 'fourth' (chaturtha or turiya) state of consciousness.  

It is intuited as the real OneSelf (Atman - prior to individuation of the Whole, therefore Brahman) (and not the transient apparent, individual consciousness), the True LOVE to be realized (in the heart).

Realisation of AUM is thus realisation that everything (including what is yet to be in a future now or what had been in a past now) is the Absolute Unified Mysterious Consciousness (Brahman)  in a play of cosmic manifestation and non-manifestation. AUM is everything. AUM does everything. AUM experiences everything. When AUM plays at macrocosmic level, it is called Supreme Ruler (Ishvara or Purusha).  When AUM plays at individual level, it appears as Pure Individuating Consciousness (Atman) and phenomenal individual self consciousness (aham, ego).


Kora Koosraj

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Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:40 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

In the pursuit of the good and godly life, one may encounter many difficulties and disturbances. Those who hate others will ultimately be consumed by their own hatred. Many doubts and questions crop up. It is only when all difficulties are faced squarely and the troubles are borne with patience and fortitude that we can understand the true nature of Reality. The transforming power of Love is boundless. St. Paul, who was originally an inveterate critic of Jesus, was transformed by Christ's love into the greatest apostle of Jesus. Pure Love will never submit to the forces of envy or hatred however powerful they may be. Selfless Love will prevail over them for sure. You should not allow yourselves to be overwhelmed in any way by difficulties and sorrows, doubts and disappointments. You must have faith. Have confidence in yourself and strive to understand well the nature of God's love. To secure that love is the sacred goal of human life.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:43 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Love is another name for Dharma (Righteousness). True Love is priceless. It has no trace of selfishness in it. It does not change with time. It is pure and unsullied. It always grows and never diminishes. It is spontaneous. God's love is spontaneous; it is free from selfishness, unwavering and always full. Ordinary human love is motivated by selfish considerations. It is liable to change owing to changes in time and circumstance. For persons immersed in selfish love, it is difficult to comprehend or realise the greatness of Selfless Divine Love. Love wears the mantle of Truth. And one wedded to Truth is ever young and vigorous, says the Hindu scriptures. The Bible also declares that the body gets fortified by adherence to Truth. Truth should not be confined to speech. It must express itself in action. Only the one who is truthful in word and deed can be esteemed as a genuine human being, says Prophet Mohammed.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:10 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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In the Bible it is recorded that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. When they asked him why He was doing so, Jesus answered: "I am washing your feet as your servant, so that you may learn to serve the world." Every individual, to begin with, is a messenger of God. When they fulfill their duties as a messenger, they realise that they are God's own child and then achieve Union with God. God's love is boundless and universal, unlike human love, which is narrow and selfish. God promotes love in everyone through His love. Swami's love is beyond reason. It is unlimited and unchanging. Those of you who have been nourished by Divine love should not deprive yourself of its beneficence. I do not seek anything. I impose no hardships. If you understand the real nature of Swami's love, and utilise that love to transform yourself into an embodiment of love, you will become an example to the world!

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:15 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Make every effort to understand the greatness of your ancient culture and traditions. Respect everyone. Never be rude to elders or guests who visit your house. Whether your parents are at home or not, offer your guests a seat and give them a glass of cold water or buttermilk. Speak to them with love. How many children are following such noble practices in the present times? Even when you speak on the phone, you should talk in a loving and respectful manner. Respect does not mean merely saying, 'hello'. You should offer your namaskara (salutations) with humility and reverence. Na-maskara means offering respects without a trace of ahamkara and mamakara(ego and attachment). Our scriptures advise you to revere your mother, father, preceptor and guest as God. Cultivate and practice humility, love and reverence like the ancient Bharatiyas. That is the true sign of an educated person.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:16 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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This year is named vikari (crooked)! So be warned! Do not run after devious desires or crooked satisfac­tions. All roads leading to the realm of the senses are tortuous and blind; only the road that leads to God is straight. Cultivate the attitude of transparency and straightforwardness in everything. That will reveal the Atma. Straightforwardness will en­able you to overcome the impact of three qualities (gunas) on your mind. The treatment you have to give these qualities is to grind them to a paste so that a new taste of bliss (ananda) might emerge, just as you grind salt, chillies, and tamarind together to get a tasty chutney for your meal! No single quality should dominate; all must be tamed and diverted to fill the lake of bliss in your heart, ananda. How do you know you are successful in your effort? If your inner poise or inner equilibrium is undisturbed by external ups and downs, that is real success.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:23 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Vishu is a day of great happiness for people of Kerala. On the day of Vishu, people have a sacred bath and wear new clothes. Then they offer obeisance to their elders and seek their blessings. Remember, mere external cleanliness is not enough, you must cleanse your mind and develop inner purity. The all-pervasive Divine is present within and everywhere around you. See God within you and cultivate cordial relationship with everyone. We have to offer obeisance to our elders and seek their blessings. We have to develop good relationship with all. Therein lies the true celebration of Vishu. Right from young age, the children should be taught the greatness of our ancient culture. They should be moulded into ideal citizens. They should be made to practise our traditional values. For anything, practise is very important. The responsibility lies with the parents and teachers to make the children adhere to our ancient tradition.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:14 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Everything in this world can be seen as you wish to
Good or Bad;
Simple or Complicated;
Easy or Difficult,
It's not how things are;
its about how you look up to them
and how you look up to them is all up to you.


If you want something badly, let it go.
If it comes back to you,
then its going to be yours forever.
If it doesn't then it's never going to be yours...


"Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.

Have a Blessed Day !!!

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:17 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Stay away from Anger


It hurts only You and nobody else.
If you are right, then there is no

Need to get angry;

And if you are wrong,

Then you don't have

Any right to get angry.



Patience with family is love,
Patience with others is respect,

Patience with self is confidence and
Patience with GOD is faith.



Never think hard about the past,

It brings tears,

Don't think more about the future,

It brings fear,
Live this moment with a Smile,

It brings cheer.



Every test in our life makes us

Bitter or better,
Every problem comes to

Make us or break us,

The choice is ours whether we

Become victims or victorious.



Search for a

Beautiful heart not a beautiful face.

Beautiful things are not always good,

But, good things are always beautiful.

Do you know why God created

Gaps between fingers?

So that someone who is special to you

COMES and fills those gaps by

Holding your hand forever.


Never forget this advice!
Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,

Success keeps You Glowing,

And but Only God keeps You Going!


Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:18 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Man's great need is to find more time to enjoy nature, to simplify his life and his imaginary necessities, to enjoy the true needs of his existence, to learn to know his children and friends better, and most of all, to know himself and the God who made him. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)





मनुष्य की सबसे बडी आवश्यकता प्रक्रति का अधिकाधिक आनन्द लेना, अपने जीवन को और अपनी काल्पनिक आवश्यक्ता को सरल बनाना, अपने अस्तित्व का सही भान होना, अपने मित्रो और बच्चो को समझना और अपने आप तथा उस भगवान को समझना है जिसने उसे बनाया है।

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:24 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Our expectation that nothing should come in our way, often comes in our way Our culture often glamorizes go-getters who achieve great goals without letting anything come in their way. Captivated by such portrayals, we may resolve to rigidly stick to our dreams and plans, no matter what happens.

But life is tough, being filled with unexpected obstacles. When such obstacles thwart our plans, we may keep pushing on. However, over time, when we hit roadblocks repeatedly, we may become increasingly disheartened and resentful.
Often, what triggers such negativity is not so much the outer obstacles but the inner expectation that those obstacles shouldn't be there. Thus, the more we hold on to unrealistic expectations, the more we increase our negativity.
Should we, then, stop having expectations? No, we just need to expect obstacles too, and learn to respond resourcefully, not resentfully.
The Bhagavad-gita (18.43) explains that people who get things done are resourceful. Resourcefulness is the ability to improvise and innovate for finding ways around obstacles without becoming unduly attached to predetermined expectations or plans.
How can we become more resourceful? Apart from various specific strategies, we can seek spiritual self-understanding that unleashes our resourcefulness.
Gita wisdom explains that we are not the Supreme Controller, but are parts of the Supreme Controller. Being finite, we have a finite capacity to control, which we are meant to use to plan and execute our plans. But when things don't go as per our plan, we need to remind ourselves that things are still within the purview of Krishna's plan. And within his plan, we always have roles; if we keep doing our part creatively, he will take care of things.
When we thus understand our place and purpose in the overall scheme of things, we feel inspired to resourcefully keep doing our best, whether things go according to our plan or not.
Think it over:
How can our expectations become obstacles? Do we need to give up all expectations? How does spiritual self-understanding foster resourcefulness?
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Don't try to be someone better, try to be an example of something better When we strive to lead a principle-centered life by adopting spiritual practices, we start becoming more disciplined and self-controlled. As we become more virtuous than others, we may start becoming proud. Soon, feeding that pride, not seeking inner growth, may start motivating our spiritual practices. And as we increasingly delight in pride, we will proportionately alienate others.

How can we avoid such pitfalls?
By shifting our focus from ourselves to the process that has transformed us.
Suppose we were sick because of an epidemic but had finally found a medicine that worked. We would be relieved, even delighted. And we would naturally want to discuss and demonstrate our improved health to others who were still sick – not to parade how we are healthier than them, but to inspire them to take the medicine.
Similarly, we are all spiritually sick: we are eternal beings who are presently attached to temporary things. How can we heal ourselves? By following the time-honored family of paths, known as dharma. The Bhagavad-gita (03.21) urges Arjuna to follow dharma, thereby setting the right example for others. Dharma culminates in bhakti, the path of spiritual love for the divine (18.66).
When we practice bhakti-yoga with proper philosophical understanding of our purpose, we stay conscious that our purity doesn't prove our greatness; it proves the greatness of bhakti in purifying even someone as fallen as us. Additionally, when people see that someone's greatness is not just because of that person, but also because of the process that person is following, they feel inspired to follow that process.
If we adopt this attitude of exemplifying something better – not being someone better – we can manifest greatness without losing humbleness. And instead of impressing others with our virtues, we will inspire them to manifest their virtues too.
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:26 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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The environment is not ours to take or leave, it is ours to make We are living in an age of considerable climate change.

For the past several centuries, the mainstream cultural ethos was that the environment is ours to take. Driven by this notion, we exploited natural resources indiscriminately, disrupting delicate ecological balances and setting loose forces that can wreck unimaginable havoc. And the consequences of this presumptuously proprietary predisposition toward nature are evident in the climate specters threatening us.
However, such rising environmental concern has triggered an extreme reaction among some, who deem much of today's environmental discourse as alarmism. They hold that we need to just leave the environment alone, and it will take care of itself.
However, the environment is not ours to leave. Even if we leave it, we still have to live in it – and so will our descendants. If we humans soil our ecological bed, we will have to sleep on this soiled bed.
The problem with both these lines of thoughts – taking or leaving the environment – is that they presume the environment is ours. But it isn't; it belongs to God. The Bhagavad-gita (09.10) states that nature works under divine supervision.
If the environment is not ours, how is it ours to make? The power that we as conscious beings have in shaping the environment needs to be used purposefully. Gita wisdom indicates that the environment is the setting for us to pursue our spiritual evolution. This evolution culminates in harmonization of our consciousness with the Whole.
As we become adept yogic practitioners pursuing spiritual evolution, we start sensing how the environment shapes our consciousness and how we can channel this shaping power constructively. By appreciating the environment's sanctity in belonging to the divine and its potentiality in shaping our consciousness, we can make it a hospitable setting for our all-round development.
Think it over:
Why is the environment not ours to take? Why is the environment not ours to leave? How is the environment ours to make?
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:26 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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Focus on life, not on the mind's commentary about life Suppose a cricket match is accompanied by a special kind of commentary that is heard not just by the spectators, but also by the players.

Suppose further that the commentator is biased and gives a negative spin to everything the batsman does. Suppose the batsman is batting well, gallantly and expertly leading the team's recovery after a sudden batting collapse. But the commentator labels the batsman's performance as a mere fluke, as a stroke of luck that is soon going to run out, leading to the batting team's inevitable defeat.
If the batsman hears such commentary uncritically, they will become disheartened. They may even play a poor shot and get out. To bat properly, they need to focus on the match, not on the commentary.
Similarly, our life is like a cricket match, wherein we are like the batsman and our mind is like the commentator. The mind comments negatively on whatever we do, even when we are acting constructively and are doing reasonably well. If we listen uncritically to the mind's commentary, we will become disheartened and give up. We need to neglect the mind's commentary and focus on life: on how things actually are and how we can best respond.
However, because the mind is inside us, it's difficult to neglect. Thankfully, inside us is also our Lord and guide, Krishna. When we connect devotionally with him, we start becoming increasingly calm, realizing that he is in ultimate control of things and will bring good out of life's lows, provided we just keep doing our part. This conviction stabilizes us, decreasing our vulnerability to the mind whenever it exaggerates life's inevitable negative phases (Bhagavad-gita 06.07). Moreover, that connection increases our inner positivity, thereby gradually silencing the mind's negative commentary and energizing us to create a better life.
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:28 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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We may have to fight against others, but we don't have to be against others When we strive to lead a principle-centered life, those who feel that their interests are threatened by our principles will oppose us. If they attack us repeatedly, we may have to fight against them. But we shouldn't let our actions make our disposition toward them negative; we don't have to treat them as our enemies intrinsically.

Such distance becomes intention and action becomes easier to maintain when we have spiritual knowledge. Gita wisdom explains that we are all souls, parts of the all-pure supreme. In our essence, we are all pure, though presently different people are covered by different degrees of impurities. Some people, because of being excessively covered by impurities, may be so inimical and destructive as to need to be curbed forcibly. Such antisocial elements need to be curbed by those who are trying to live purely, especially if they are the martial guardians of society.
That was the responsibility of the Pandavas when they had to fight against the Kauravas, who had committed atrocity after atrocity, with not the least bit of remorse and with ever increasing arrogance and malevolence. Consequently, the Kauravas had to be neutralized by force as a reaction to their grievous misdeeds. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita urges Arjuna to become an instrument in the fight to fulfill the higher arrangement of punishing the Kauravas (11.33). Yet the Gita also cautions Arjuna to not be inimical to anyone if he wants to evolve in his consciousness and attain the divine (11..55). Thus the Gita stresses the need to retain this distance between action and disposition.
By doing the necessary in action according to our social responsibility, but not swerving in our disposition from being spiritually purposeful, we can both contribute to establishing order externally and cultivate spiritual consciousness internally.
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:29 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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No matter how bad things are, we can always make them worse – we are never powerless Sometimes, life puts us in so many difficulties that we feel utterly powerless. That feeling can dishearten us in doing things that are still within our power to do. And it can drown us in despair, self-pity, resentment and even suicidal thoughts.

To dissipate such negativity, we can ask ourselves a counter-intuitive question: "Even if things are bad, can I make them worse?"
Our first reaction would be, "Who would want to make things worse?" The point here is not to make things worse, but to challenge our paralyzing perception of powerlessness. No situation can be so disempowering as to take away our power to make things worse. If we are immobilized with a knee fracture, we can still take a hammer and fracture our other knee. Obviously, we won't and we shouldn't.
But the point of this thought-exercise is to underscore that we are not as powerless as we imagine – if we can make things worse, then we can make them better too. Even if we can't change a single thing externally, we can still change our disposition internally. Instead of complaining about how bad things are, we can be grateful that they aren't worse. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, we can start taking responsibility for making things better. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (17.16) urges us to choose satisfying thoughts as an austerity of the mind.
For those who resolve to be responsible, not resentful, Gita wisdom reveals a wealth of spiritual resources. Specifically, the process of bhakti-yoga helps us realize that we are at core indestructible and are protected by a loving God who is infallible.
When we thus spiritualize our inner world, we get the calmness and creativity to improvise in our outer world and find ways where none seemed to exist.
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