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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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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 3, the Divine Standpoint

When we consider the idea of a ‘world’ from our human standpoint, we tend to think of it as a physical place, like the earth, which exists somewhere in the physical universe.  445 more words

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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 2, the Significance of Surya

The human mind operates through analysis and through a fragmented view of reality.  We tend to believe and act as if we are separate beings from the rest of the creation, without a recognition of the oneness that underlies and supports all existence.  601 more words

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Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 1, the Role of Surya

After indicating the way to reconcile seemingly opposing concepts about existence, the Isha Upanishad in the 4th Movement starting in verses 15 and 16 begins setting forth the steps and methodology of accomplishing the needed transformations in consciousness to live the truths that have been revealed. 518 more words

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Analysis of Isha Upanishad, Knowledge and Ignorance, Part 3

In verse 11 of the Isha Upanishad, the result of integration and acceptance of the “Knowledge” and the “Ignorance” is declared:  “…by the Ignorance crosses beyond death and by the Knowledge enjoys Immortality.”  How can we interpret and understand what is implied here?  529 more words

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Analysis of Isha Upanishad, Knowledge and Ignorance, Part 2

In The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo analyzes the issues raised here in the Isha Upanishad in his discussion of “the materialist denial” and “the refusal of the ascetic”.  622 more words

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