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The pathway to understanding Advaita (Mandukya Upanishad note) - Part 1

Sri Gurubhyo Namah

There is a famous mantra in the Mandukya Upanishad (7th mantra)

नान्तःप्रज्ञं नबहिःप्रज्ञं नोभयतःप्रज्ञं नप्रज्ञानघनं नप्रज्ञं नाप्रज्ञम् ।
अदृश्यमव्यवहार्यं अग्राह्यं अलक्षणं अचिन्त्यं अव्यपदेश्यं एकात्मप्रत्ययसारं प्रपञ्चोपशमं शान्तं शिवं अद्वैतं चतुर्थं मन्यन्ते स आत्मा स विज्ञेयः ॥ 710 more words

Scriptural Verses And Stories

The Mystery of Turiya

Turiya is a fascinating concept. Though, it is described in practically every main Upanishad, the Mandukya Upanishad perhaps describes it the best, though it should be noted that the name Turiya does not appear within the Upanishad. 837 more words


Vedanta Dindima (drum beat) – Explosive Truth of Advaita

Firecrackers produce different patterns of light and sound though the explosive material stuffed into them is same. Likewise our consciousness produces diverse experiences of light, sound, taste, smell, touch and thoughts using itself as the substratum behind every experience. 339 more words


Mandukya Upanishad and Creation (Part-IV)

This is the my final post of Mandukya Upanishad and it deals with Advaita. First chapter of Mandukya basically gives absolute truth without logic, as a matter-of-fact statements. 356 more words


Mandukya Upanishad and Creation (Part-III)

Mandukya Upanishad and Karika is studied in four distinct chapters. We have covered the first chapter in last couple of posts. Second chapter is named as वैतथ्य प्रकरण, which means chapter on illusion. 403 more words


Mandukya Upanishad and Creation (Part-II)

Continuing from last post, let us recollect that consciousness appears to be in three states namely waking, dream and deep sleep. In these three states, the same jiva… 609 more words


Mandukya Upanishad and Creation (Part-I)

A very innocuous but interesting question, which arises in the mind of everyone, is about the creation of this universe. How was it born, what will happen to it, how long will it survive etc. 893 more words