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"A Discussion between Father and Son"

 

3. Ta iha vyaghro va simho ra vrko va varaho va kito va patango va damso
va masako va yad-yad-bhavanti, tadabhavanti.

 

 

If a tiger sleeps, when it gets up it is the same tiger only, not even another
tiger in the same species. If a mosquito sleeps, when it gets up it is the same
mosquito only. They do not become something else even though in sleep they
have no particular consciousness, having merged in the pure Being. Whatever
one's nature is, one reverts to that particular form of individuality in spite of the
fact that there has been a tentative contact in an unconscious manner with the
undistinguished Reality which is pure Being.
This pure Being is the Self of all. One may be conscious or not. That is a
different matter. But that is the Being behind all your activities, behind your
sleep, behind your birth and death, behind the whole process of universal
evolution. It is the Self that is caught into this activity in the form of birth,
death, incarnations, etc. This will not cease until everything is ultimately
resolved through enquiry and meditation into that Supreme Being, which is
called salvation. This is conscious entry into the Being, as against the
unconscious entry in deep sleep and death.

 


4. Sa ya esho 'nima aitadatmyam idam sarvam, tat satyam, sa atma, tattvam-
asi, svetaketo, iti; bhuya eva ma bhagavan, vijnapayatv-iti; tatha
saumya, iti hovacha.

 

“O Svetaketu, you are That,” instructs the father, Uddalaka. “Please
explain further,” says the boy. He is not satisfied. “I shall explain to you
further,” replies the father.

 

 

 Chandogya Upanishad : Chapter-2, Section-9, Mantram-3 & 4.

 
 
 
 

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