Namaskaar. As we near the end of the commentary on Mundaka Upanishad, in this penultimate Part 16 Shri V. Subrahmanian now explains how the wise man has gradually gone on to understand his Self and consequently his being Brahman. Its a wonderful part of the Upanishad. Most fulfilling and reassuring to seekers too.
The muNDakopaniShat – Part 16
Since the realization of the Ātman is the highest accomplishment, it would be thought that one must engage in much study, etc. towards that end. The Upaniṣad does not approve of such an idea. On the contrary it teaches that study, etc. are only secondary to the primary requirement of the aspirant’s uncompromising commitment to attain the realization of the Self. The study of the veda-s, much learning, mastering various disciplines like grammar, etc. are not the ones that ensure the securing of Self-knowledge. Nor does the intellectual capacity to retain what has been learnt constitute the direct means to realization. Not even giving to much hearing of the scriptural teaching, etc. is the primary means. Then, what indeed is the most necessary requirement? It is the aspirant’s unswerving zeal to attain the Ātman that surpasses all the other means. This is because the Ātman is ever attained, the very nature of the aspirant and never an attainable entity. How exactly does the ‘attainment’ take place? It is of the nature of the Ātman that is covered as it were by avidyā, when uncovered by vidyā, stands revealed in all its pristine form. It is like a pot being revealed in the presence of light. Therefore the real means to attain the Ātman is the total commitment to seek the Ātman alone to the exclusion of every other goal in life. Continue reading