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3bob, December 14, 2011 in Hindu Discussion
bump, don't remember where this footnote is from but found it to be useful...perhaps someone else will to?
125:2 The eighth Prapâthaka seems to form a kind of appendix to the Upanishad. The highest point that can be reached by speculation had been reached in the seventh Prapâthaka, the identity of our self and of everything else with the Highest Self. This speculative effort, however, is too much for ordinary people. They cannot conceive the Sat or Brahman as out of space and time, as free from all qualities, and in order to help them, they are taught to adore the Brahman, as it appears in space and time, an object endowed with certain qualities, living in nature and in the human heart. The Highest Brahman, besides which there is nothing, and which can neither be reached as an object, nor be considered as an effect, seems to ordinary minds like a thing which is not. Therefore while the true philosopher, after acquiring the knowledge of the Highest Sat, becomes identified with it suddenly, like lightning, the ordinary mortal must reach it by slow degrees, and as a preparation for that higher knowledge which is to follow, the eighth Prapâthaka, particularly the first portion of it, has been added to the teaching contained in the earlier books.
126:1 The ether in the heart is really a name of Brahman. He is there, and therefore all that comes of him when he assumes bodily shapes, both what is and what is not, i.e. what is no longer or not yet; for the absolute nothing is not intended here.
127:1 I translate this somewhat differently from the commentator, though the argument remains the same.
127:2 True desires are those which we ought to desire, and the fulfilment of which depends on ourselves, supposing that we have acquired the knowledge which enables us to fulfil them".
Thank you. This post was interesting and helpful.
You are welcome Jeff
Researched the rest of the Khanda's in the PRAPÂTHAKA and they were also very interesting/helpful.
They all seem to say that "everything" is found in the heart.
Thanks also and to the Chandogya Upanishad and all those that have realized it and transmitted it meanings across and through time as best as they possibly could...