By Nirmalananda Giri
The Upanishads have lengthy scholars of philosophy within the West. TheEnglish thinker Hume translated a few of them into English within the eighteenthcentury. Later he travelled to the US the place he taught Sanskrit to Thomas Jeffersonand jointly they studied the Upanishads of their unique form.The maximum boon seekers of fact during this nation have obtained are thetranslations of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita–The Upanishads, Breath of theEternal, and The tune of God, Bhagavad Gita–made by means of Swami Prabhavananda of theVedanta Society of Southern California within the nineteen-forties. i used to be privileged to hearhim converse in 1962, and the price and readability of his insights have been notable. In histranslations he didn't try an actual literalism, but they communicate the meanings of thetexts much better than such a lot who test for literal wording. analyzing his translation of theGita replaced my existence in 1960, and every little thing which occurred in a while used to be aconsequence of that. My debt to him is incalculable and hence unpayable. I lookedat many translations sooner than taking on the duty of commenting at the Upanishads, and Ifound Swamiji’s model inescapable. the sunshine of the Self (Atma Jyoti) radiates fromthe pages, conveying to us the illumination and blessing of his instructor SwamiBrahmananda and his grasp, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, of Whom it may be rightlysaid: “He shining, every little thing shines.” [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The life-producing energies of the sun are the energies of Om. Om is the sun of body, mind, and spirit, the Life-Giver of all. All plant, animal, and human life on this planet depends upon the sun. It is the subtle powers of sunlight which stimulate growth and evolution, awakening us in the deepest sense. Sunlight is the radiant form of Om. The sun initiates the entire solar system into Om. Human beings are solar creatures, therefore to intone Om is the most natural thing they can do. “Now, verily, what is the udgitha is the Om.
Whatever a man remembers at the last, when he is leaving the body, will be realized by him in the hereafter; because that will be what his mind has most constantly dwelt on, during this life. Therefore you 31 must remember Me at all times, and do your duty. If your mind and heart are set upon Me constantly, you will come to Me. Never doubt this. Make a habit of practicing meditation, and do not let your mind be distracted. ” (Bhagavad Gita 8:5-10) Whatever we think of most during life we will think of at the time of our death, and that will determine our subsequent state.
Human beings are solar creatures, therefore to intone Om is the most natural thing they can do. “Now, verily, what is the udgitha is the Om. What is Om is the udgitha. 1) The most significant part of this verse is the statement that “the sun is continually sounding ‘Om,’” indicating that the evolutionary energy of the sun is a manifestation of Om. Our life depends on the light of the sun, thus our life is also a manifestation of the power of Om. The japa and meditation of Om aligns us with the solar powers that are Om and thereby greatly increase our life force and the evolution of all the levels of our being.