July 08, 2009

Reading & Summarizing the Upanishads (Intro)


Today I started reading the Upanishads that I found online and thought it might be great to summarize a bit of the information here in the "Searching for Truth" and thought that I could make the name of the blog correct by saying a bit of information about how to find the truth. This slogan that I had come up with Searching for Truth is nothing else than searching for the ultimate truth, the peace and the unknown that is unknown to the common public. So here I am reading the translated version of the Upanishads from scribd.com and hope I could say all the information from the Upanisads correctly in this blog post.

So here at first the Swami tells us that as it was a translated version, there might also be mistakes just like me as I had said in the past paragraph. I had done this because no one knows the true meaning of the God and the Supreme Being.

As it is mentioned, the Upanishads represent the loftiest times of the Indo-Aryan and their thoughts and culture. The Gana Kanda of the Vedas, it deals a lot about the rituals, ceremonies. The word Upanishad means "sitting at the feet or in presence of a teacher" and to some it means "to shatter" or "to destroy" (to the ignorant). Whatever the name may be, it is used to find the the meaning of Him and find the deepest meaning of Him and the ordered or cosmic universe. The Upanishads was transfered orally can were called srutis or "what is heard". There is no limit on what time period this scripture might've been done and that is because of the word sruti. The time may be 4000 to 5000 BC or 2000 to 1400 BC but it can be infered to be at least in the 6th century B.C.

There is nothing racial or local in the Upanishads but it is more of a book for the human being. The lessons are as practical and modern as it can be and as they were in the Indo-Aryan's Vedic Age. Their teachings are taught by two meanings, Tai twam asi (That thou art) & Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman). A English philosopher once quoted "If ever a general solution reached of the great riddle the key is... can only be found where alone the secret open to us from within, that of nature lies."

This book grew out as a God-knowledge and self-knowledge text. Every Upanishad begins with the Peace Chat or shanti-patha. We must hold a peaceful mind to the living organisms so that we could find the faith in ourselves and the surrounds around us. With sacred texts, we can learn about love, inspiration and wisdom. Also we could free our hearts from prejudice, doubt and intolerance.


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