AUM, may the Infinite Lord protect us. May this Lord guide us. May this Lord give us strength and right understanding. May Love, Harmony and Peace be with all.
AUM SHANTI. SHANTI. SHANTI
A disciple approached his Guru and said: “Guru, teach me the supreme knowledge of Brahman. I hear that this is the Supreme Knowledge — hidden and sacred — sought by the Wise. I understand that whosoever seeks this Reality is freed from all ignorance, and attains the Infinite Lord.”
The Guru answered saying, “Seek the knowledge of Brahman by acquiring reliance in the words of the Holy Scriptures, and in the words of your own Guru. Be thou known as devoted to Brahman. Meditate upon Brahman unceasingly. Know that it is not by work, nor by sons, nor by wealth, but by non-attachment to things and by attunement to Brahman that a soul achieves conscious-immortality.
The Supreme Haven of the South, called Heaven, shines in the Lotus of each being’s heart. They who strive and aspire after Truth enter this South Haven. Understanding the spirit of the Law of Scriptural Teachings, they renounce the world of cravings.
In order to find Brahman, retire into solitude and meditate. Seat yourself in a clean, harmonious place, making your posture erect — with your head and neck in a straight line. Be thou detached from the world. Control all of your sense organs and bow down in spiritual devotion to your Guru. Enter then the lotus of your own heart and therein meditate on the supreme living presence of Brahman — the Undistracted, the Blissful One.
Not manifesting to the physical senses, beyond physical thought, infinite in form is this Lord. The Lord is the Doer of all good. The Lord is forever tranquil. He is indeed immortal. The Lord is one without beginning, without middle, without end. This Lord is all-prevailing. The Lord is Infinite Wisdom, the Lord is Infinite Bliss!
The Ancient Seers meditated on this Lord and reached The Source of all beings. The Lord is the Witness in all, of all. The Lord transcends all darkness, The Lord transcends all ignorance. The Lord is Brahma; The Lord is Shiva; the Lord is Vishnu, the Lord is Indra. The Lord is the Supreme — the Changeless Reality. The Lord is Primal Energy. The Lord is Eternity. The Lord is Everything. The Lord is all that has been, all that shall be — all that IS. The sage who knows the Lord conquers death. There is no other way to Liberation (Kaivalya).
By seeing the Atma in all beings, and all beings in the Atma, you go to Brahman. This is the only way! The mind may be compared to a piece of iron; and the symbol AUM to flint. Strike the two together by repeating the sacred symbol and by meditating on the Reality; thus the Flame of Knowledge will be kindled in your heart and all ignorance shall be burnt away!
The Lord as the Atma resides in all forms but is veiled by ignorance (by unknowing). When the Lord is in the state of relativity, that men call wakefulness, the Lord becomes the individual self and enjoys food and drink and many other sensual pleasures.
When the Atma is in the state of relative existence, that men call dreaming, he is happy or miserable according to the creations of his mind.
And when the Atma is in a state of relativity, the men call dreamless sleep, the Atma is overcome by forgetfulness, experiencing nothing, He enjoys quietude.
With death, a person is borned again and the circumstances of his new life are determined by his past emotions and his past habits (deeds) that he has formed. The internal and external habits continue in the eternal and are to be balanced.
The Atma continues to live in the three states of subjective consciousness — wakefulness, dreaming and the dreamless sleep. As long as the Atma continues in these three states, he is the individual self. He, however, as the Atma, is infinite and indivisible. He is self-conscious awareness. He is Bliss. In this Atma emerged all the three states of subjective consciousness.
From the Atma are borned: mind, life and the five senses; air, earth, fire, water and ether. The Atma is the Reality behind all existence. The Atma is the supreme Brahman — the Lord. The Lord is in all and the Lord is the foundation of everything. Subtler than the subtlest is the Lord. The Lord is eternal. Know this: Thou art the Lord! Thou art the Lord!
The Lord who has made this great wheel of wakefulness, dreaming and dreamless sleep — that Lord am I. I am Brahman. Knowing this, break all the bonds of limitation!
In these three states of subjective consciousness, whatever appears as the enjoyer, or as the object of enjoyment: I am the witness thereof, and separate from all, for I am pure consciousness; I am the eternal Shiva. From Me all emerges, in Me all exists, and into Me all shall return, for I am Brahman — the One without a second.
I am subtler than the subtlest, I am grosser than the gross, for I am the eternal Being. I am this manifold universe; I am the Lord of Golden Effulgence! I am Shiva.
I am without hands of action, or feet of motion, and thus my Divine energies none can easily conceive. I even see, though I have no eyes. I hear, though without ears. I know all that is to be known, but few know Me! I am Infinite Wisdom. I am the one to be known through the Scriptures. I am that one that is to be known through the study and practice of Yoga. I am the Knower of all Scriptures. Merit and demerit affect me not, for I was not borned and have neither body, nor senses, nor mind. I ,the Supreme Atma, dwell in the lotus of your heart. I am pure self-conscious awareness. I am the One without a second.”
AUM SHANTI. SHANTI. SHANTI
Kaivalya Upanishad Audio Lectures Audio Lecture 1 Given by Goswami Kriyananda in 1974
Audio Lecture 2 Given by Goswami Kriyananda in 1977
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