Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

10 – Kenopanishad – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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In this Global Satsang, Swamiji summarizes the initial sections (chapters 1 and 2) of Kenopanishad. It is in the form of a dialogue between the Guru and the Shishya where the Shishya asks: What enlivens or activates the senses, mind and life forces? In reply, the Guru says that it is one power (Brahman) which enlivens the Pranas, senses and the mind. Wise people, dis-associating themselves from the senses, body etc, transcend worldliness.

The Guru cautions that Atma cannot be attained by the senses or conceptualized by the mind. It is different from all the known and also the unknown. It is the source and substratum of everything in this universe. It cannot be known as anything different from oneself, it has to be known as the ‘I’ in oneself. When we know the One permanent in all changeful things, we attain immortality.

Money, fame, wealth and external things are changeful and they do not give us real power or courage. Real strength comes when we discover our real identity which is unchanging and unaffected. When we identify with Atma/Brahman, we are imbued with real courage.

One attains immortality only when he/she has the knowledge of the Self. Atma Saakshaatkara (Self experience in meditation) alone is not enough. Real knowledge is when one understands and realizes that the Atma and Brahman are the same and it is the substratum of the entire universe.

The Upanishad says that life becomes meaningful if the Truth about our own real identity is known. But if is not known, the loss for one will be colossal. One who does not realize the Self will be surrounded by change and suffering throughout life. Wise people, knowing that every being is the Atma alone, transcend the identification with the body and become immortal.

Kenopanishad- (1.1 to 1.9) (2.1 to 2.5)

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