Namaskaar. After a short break we continue with the commentary on Kathopanishat with this Part 22 as presented by Shri V. Subrahmanian and Advaita Academy.
It has been pointed out that the Self is of an extremely subtle nature, defying all informal attempts to get a grasp of it. The upaniShad makes all efforts to give us an understanding of the Self, despite its subtle nature. In a beautiful presentation the mantra in the sequel logically establishes how the Self is of such an extremely subtle nature. From the grossest in the manifestation one is led to the subtlest that remains unmanifest. This world of perception is the grossest since it has in it all the attributes known as sound, touch, form, taste and smell. These are known through the operation of the sense organs. So also is the physical (gross) body.
When each of these attributes is negated progressively, we get to know the subtler entities in comparison with the gross members. Along with subtleness we can appreciate the greatness, purity, eternality, etc. in the entities. When all these entities are negated as not the most subtle Self, what we have remaining is the Self that is the ultimate in subtleness. This Self is shown as the subtlest, biggest, the purest, the most eternal, etc. Continue reading