>Mundaka Upanishad — The Way of the Sages


Mundaka Upanishad — The Way of the Sages

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The eye cannot see it; mind cannot grasp it.
The deathless Self has neither cast nor race.
Neither eyes nor ears nor hands nor feet.
Sages say this Self is infinite in the great
And in the small, everlasting and changeless,
The source of life.
As the web issues out of the spider
And is withdrawn, as plants sprout from the earth,
As hair grows from the body, even so,
The sages say, this universe springs from
The deathless Self, the source of life.
The deathless Self meditated upon
Himself and projected the universe
As evolutionary energy.
From this energy developed life, mind,
The elements, and the world of karma,
Which is enchained by cause and effect.
The deathless Self sees all, knows all. From him
Springs Brahma, who embodies the process
Of evolution into name and form
By which the One appears to be many.
The Imperishable is the Lord of Love.
As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks
Leap forth, so millions of beings arise
From the Lord of Love and return to him.
(The Sage that authored chapter two of the Mundaka Upanishad, translated by Eknath Easwaran, in, The Upanishads, Nilgiri Press)

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