GLIMPSES OF UPANISHADS (1)
This will be a random collection of modern translations of the familiar Upanishadic
verses and other verses used in the daily contemplations of the Hindus (presented in a series). Those who are familiar with the vesres will be able to guess which verse the translation represents. (All rights reserved)
Om (Om stands for Brahman which is Absolute, Complete, and Infinite), that is Absolute (infinite) (Poorna – meaning complete, inclusive of all that exists, manifest and non-manifest), this is Absolute, Absolute emerges from the Absolute. If Absolute (infinite) is subtracted from the Absolute what remains is also absolute.
All this is occupied by Isha (Brahman), whatever is within this universe (that which is constantly created and instantly starts moving is termed Jagat) that which is manifest and that which is non-manifest (meaning: not yet created and that which is not moving, “Ajagat”). There is always a portion of the Universe, in its design, to be consumed by each living being that is created, therefore, only enjoy that which is set aside (for you) and do not take that (property or wealth) which belongs to the other.
A balanced view of Brahman is attained when one begins to view Brahman as a perpetual process of mega-transformations from one state to another. Using the metaphor of Yajna and Agni one sees the entire universe as one entity becoming an oblation into the Agni (the transforming agency, in this metaphor "the fire") eventually merging into Brahman, Brahman offering itself to Brahman. He who sees such Brahman in action has this perpetual vision of Brahman. Seeing Brahman in this light, he who sees this attains Brahman in his consciousness.
I become the Universal Man (“Vaishwanaro,” meaning the Universal Pranic template of the design for Man as a species) and reside in each human being (living being) and assimilate all four food groups by myself becoming the five complex pranas (Prana, Apana, Udana, Samaana, and Vyana).
Addressing to Shri Ganesha:
The one with a face adorned by a curved trunk representing OMkara, also, with a large body representing the Absolute (Poorna), whose splendor is like millions of brightest suns, (I beseech you to) remove obstacles in all my endeavors.
Om,which is the Brahman that pervades all three lokas known as Bhuh, Bhuvah, Swahah. Knowing that it is the Brahman which illuminates, we elect (to wprship) it as our Sun (Tat Savitru) and see it as even the brightest Sun (Bhargo) guiding the great intelligence of Devas. On this we contemplate and pray that same Savitru, the Brahman, to guide and direct all our intellects (Dhiyhah).
Guru is the friend, philosopher, and guide who is a special spiritual teacher that elevates our consciousness to the highest level of our own potential by guiding us in our spiritual path. Therefore, the following is a tribute to our Guru.
Guru, you are Brahma; Guru, you are Vishnu; Guru, is Maheshwara; Guru, is the manifest Great Brahman, therefore I bow to Guru.
Addressing the most adored Ishta Devata:
You are my mother, you are my father, you are my brother, you are my friend, you are the knowledge, you are the wealth, you, my Deva, are everything I have and I need.