Namaskaar. We come to the concluding Part 17 of the Mundaka Upanishad commentary by Shri V. Subrahmanian. What a wonderful learning it has been. And these few verses at the very end are truly enlightening and reassuring to us students too. It is so difficult to explain the deep meaning conveyed by these verses in such a short explanation but the author has done a brilliant job in this commentary.
The muNDakopaniShat – Part 17
Continuing on Mantra 3.2.6:
The self-realized person does not take any path to ‘attain’ Brahman since his very self, he verily, IS Brahman. The ‘going’ thus is compared: ‘Just as the footprints of birds cannot be traced in space and of aquatics in water, similar is the course of the men of knowledge’ (Mahābhārata Śāntiparva 239.24). Also says the Śruti: ‘Those who are intent upon transcending the transmigratory life do not tread on any path.’ (Itihāsa upaniṣad18). All movements from one abode to another is within samsāra, bondage, and are therefore limited, finite. Since Brahman is the ‘All’, there is no need to and it is impossible too to, really physically travel to ‘reach’ Brahman. If Brahman is limited, localized, to some or the other location, then akin to a formed object It will be endowed with a beginning and end, it would be dependent on something else, made of parts and therefore temporal and produced. Brahman can never be of this description. Therefore attaining Brahman is not of any traveling to some other place. Continue reading