Namaskaar. We move on to Part 12 of ongoing series on Mundaka Upanishad by Shri V. Subrahmanian. In this Part we will see 3 wonderful verses covered by the Upanishat, viz. #s 2.2.11, 2.2.12 and 2.3.1. These are very popular and oft quoted by several commentators and teachers. They are so pleasing to recite too and most students of Vedanta have learnt these by heart as these verses drive home the point in a wonderful, poetic and very clear manner.
The muNDakopaniShat – Part 12
It is to be appreciated that from the Jñānin’s point of view, however, there have been no births ever, even in the past and the present. He would realize himself as the ever-existing Brahman which is devoid of actions, karma, and the experiencing, bhoga, of their fruits. Pure Consciousness is no kartā, performer of action, and no bhoktā, enjoyer of the fruits of actions. Says Śrī Śaṅkaracārya:
“Contrary to the earlier belief that I have doership & enjoyership, in all the three periods of time I am the Supreme Brahman that is devoid of doership & enjoyership. I was not a kartā (a person acting) or a bhoktā (a person enjoying/experiencing) before, I am not that even now and I will not be that in the future as well. The knower of Brahman understands thus.”
[Shankara’s brahmasūtra bhāṣya: 188.8.131.52] Continue reading