Monday, October 1, 2012
Day 7 - The Chandogya Upanishad
Today's Tarka Practice
I want you to reflect on this passage from the Chandogya Upanishad...
Brahman is all. From Brahman come appearances, sensations, desires, deeds. But all these are merely name and form. To know Brahman one must experience the identity between him and the Self, or Brahman dwelling within the lotus of the heart. Only by so doing can man escape from sorow and death, and become on with the subtle essence beyond all knowledge.
To get started on your reflection, think of Brahman as meaning "the totality of reality". That is everything in reality both physical and non-physical.
The Atman or Self is one thing in that total reality.
How does this Upanishad help you to understand the relationship between yourself and the total reality? If you are having trouble, think of yourself as one ripple in an entire pond or one wave in an entire ocean. The ripple or the wave is the Self and the pond or Ocean is Brahman.