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Kena Upanishad: an Introduction

Few people reflect on the instruments or methods of knowing that we employ.  We take the senses for granted, as well as the operation of the mind.  595 more words

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Isha Upanishad: Summary and Conclusions, Part 2

The Isha Upanishad is not philosophy, but a detailed and practical guide to achieving a transformation of consciousness.  It starts with an explanation of the divine standpoint, the truth of existence.  618 more words

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Isha Upanishad: Summary and Conclusions, Part 1

The Isha Upanishad confronts the contradictions of human life and thought directly.  It is the normal process of the mental consciousness to try to analyze, divide and set up oppositions, and humanity tends to embrace one aspect to the exclusion of another one which contradicts it.  417 more words

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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 6, the Action of the Divine Will

The final, 18th verse of the Isha Upanishad is an invocation of the divine Will to act in the life of the seeker, to overcome the pull of the egoistic consciousness and move the individual to a level of action that flows from the divine consciousness. 553 more words

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Speed of Light in the Rig Veda

The first quantitative estimate of the speed of light is seen in the commentary on the Rig Veda by the Bhāratīya Vaidik Puṇḍit Śrī Sāyaṇācārya (14th century CE). 783 more words

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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 5, the Role of the Divine Will

The final two verses of the Isha Upanishad apply the divine standpoint to the evolutionary process of growth and spiritual development of the individual through the invocation of Agni, the divine Will.  603 more words

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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 4, the Human Standpoint and the Link to the Divine Standpoint

The description of seven ‘worlds’ or states of consciousness, in the Vedic terminology includes 3 in a higher hemisphere, and 3 in a lower hemisphere, and one that straddles the two and integrates them into a unified awareness.  458 more words

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