The eternal bliss residing deep beneath layers has been an elusive concept most of the time in my life. Partially due to the fact that I failed to cognise that layers are manifestation of the eternal bliss too, and also due to my rebellious mind refusing to quieten down in meditation. This Upanishad was told for the express purpose to help the seeker not to ignore life and its manifestations as an opposing and non conducive element but to accept it as part of eternal bliss itself.
“Om is the symbol that is all that is” declared the Guru to a seemingly large audience in a huge auditorium in Boone. “All that is past present and future was called by one word Om”. I looked around to see if everyone took in this abrupt declaration with as much absurdity as I did. I wandered into my own past when reminiscing this sentence wondering to what kind of student would this declaration not sound ridiculous? One who is already enlightened perhaps. I did not reach a guru’s feet in disappointment or frustration. I looked for him unable to bear the intensity of my own existence, looking for a deeper meaning and purpose of life. I went to him longing to take me out of the illusionary excitement born out of mundane mind. Here he was making this abrupt declaration.
An upanishad closest to my heart, known for its brevity contains within itself everything that one who desires liberation, needs for his journey. Very few have been able to isolate the characteristics of what one can experience when he delves within, this upanishad from Atharva veda is able to broach the subject with so much of confidence and clarity. The fact that it inspired the guru of Jagadguru himself to write a commentary on this measly twelve shlokas speaks volumes on its importance in a seeker’s life. This collection of pondering on the upanishad has a mish mash of my thoughts , some words of elaboration from both my masters and hence I apologise for lack of continuity if you experience any while reading this. Through series of blog lets attempt to unravel this upanishad in our minds with the help of notes on the this taken during lectures given by masters and the famous Gaudapada karika