Namaskaar. We move on to Part 9 of our ongoing series on Mundaka Upanishad commentary by Shri V. Subrahmanian. The Upanishad, in Part 2 explains Brahman, Atman, Consciousness with examples as if It has some attributes. But in effect Consciousness is formless, attributeless and its only for our understanding that this is explained by adjectives. Like we know that Sky has no colour but to explain a clear day, we say Blue sky and for a rainy day, Grey sky. Just as a tool for understanding. Its now getting very interesting. Lets enjoy the teaching together 🙂
The muNDakopaniShat – Part 9
अतः समुद्रा गिरयश्च सर्वेऽस्मात्स्यन्दन्ते सिन्धवः सर्वरूपाः ।
अतश्च सर्वा ओषधयो रसश्च येनैष भूतैस्तिष्ठते ह्यन्तरात्मा ॥ ९ ॥
अतः from this समुद्राः oceans गिरयः mountains च too सर्वे all अस्मात् from this Puruṣa स्यन्दन्ते flow सिन्धवः rivers सर्वरूपाः of every kind अतः from च also सर्वाः all ओषधयः herbs रसः juice च too येन by एष him भूतैः elements तिष्ठते supported हि indeed अन्तरात्मा the inner Self
From Him come all the oceans and the mountains; from Him flow rivers of every kind; from Him have come, as well, all plants and flavours, by which the inner self subsists surrounded by the elements.
From this Supreme Puruṣa all the oceans that are characterized as ‘salty’ etc. have emanated. All the mountains too, such as the Himālaya, have emerged from Him. From Him flow all the rivers named Gaṅgā, etc. of many forms and all the corns such as rice, barley and the juice of six types that are sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent and saline issue forth. By virtue of this juice, the Inner Self, the subtle body, stands surrounded by the gross elements. It is called the ‘Inner/internal self’ because it stays as the self in between the gross body and the Self, the real Ātman. Continue reading