Ancient Wisdom of the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Agamas, Vedanta and the BrahmaSutras given by the Saptarishis,Seven Greatest Seer & Sages
All Upanishads are appended to the Vedas, forming the last and penultimate form. Hence they are addressed as Vedanta, literally meaning end of the Vedas.(Veda means knowledge and –anta is end).In a way, the Vedanta is the final conclusion of knowledge.It is by no means a way of knowing everything there is possibly to know. In fact, such access to knowledge by the human brain is impossible. (As we use only 1/8th part of our capability, 1/8th part of Narayana).
The awareness of inherent and deep fulfillment is the end of our seeking of knowledge. That awareness is what Vedanta and the wisdom of the Upanishadic texts addresses. Essentially the ultimate realization that our life is not just a one, but actually whole. This implies that we are essentially not just a part of a singularity of consciousness but are essentially one with it. This realisation is begining of making a life which flows in the eternal contentment and bliss, which is the ultimate aim of all philosophies including the Vedantic one. This is expressed as the Mahāvākya (The Great Truth) ‘Sat Chit Ananda’, in Sanskrit, सच्चिदानन्द.sat (सत्): Truth, Reality, cit (चित्): Mind, Consciousness and ānanda (आनन्द):Bliss, endless happiness.
In Vedanta another of the Mahāvākya (great statements of truth) is तत त्वम् अिस tat tvam asi T refers to the one eternal Brhman which is that is equal to the (individual being) ‘tvam’. Essentially, we are an aspect of the Brhman and that is the consciousness we have to arrive at.
Samudra Manthan and Churning of the Ocean for Amrita Divine Immortal Nectar :
The Churning of the Ocean Milk (Nectar of Immortality) is central to the Vedic scriptures and the puranas. It reflects the human predictament. It is the key reason why we are born here in this planet Bhu Loka earthly plane.It goes like this :
Asuras or demi gods, a group of malicious deities in the Hindu pantheon, were gaining power over the angelic Devatas. Despite the Devas fighting bravely and being successful, they felt threatened and went to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of the universe advised the Devas if they were to collaborate diplomatically with the Asuras, and churn the floor of the ocean to extract Amrita, the nectar of immortality. The nectar would bring them immeasurable powers of knowledge, untold fortunes and immortality.
When they began their collaboration with the Asuras and the Serpent King Vasuki, the Devas withheld this divine secret. Churning of the Ocean of Milk was an inconceivably elaborate process. Mount Mandara (Kurma Avattar iwas used as the churning rod and Vasuki served as the churning rope with the Devas on one end of the serpent King Vasuki and the Asuras at the tail. The process began vigorously and, as a result, the ocean floor began to sink down.
Due to the churning of the Milk Ocean, gallons of poison called Halahala was produced from the ocean. A poison so toxic that it could wipe out the entire manifest creation, which terrified the Devas and Asuras, alike. It was eventually drank, thus absorbed by Lord Shiva, that made him turn blue, hence the name Neelakantha. (Blue throat one). Fourteen different valuable power giving goodies or treasures came out of the the ocean floor while churning, and these were mostly kept by Devas, although the Asuras hatched a plan and did tryto cheat them out of some treasures.
Dhanvantari, the heavenly physician, emerged from the Ocean of Milk with a pot containing the Amrita, the nectar and soon fierce fighting for it started between the Devas and Asuras. Soon the Asuras, including the Serpent Vasuki, had some of the nectar and began drinking it.This sent alarm bells ringing amongst the Devas. Angered because of the deception, Lord Vishnu, then took the form of beautiful and enchanting damsel, Mohini to distract the Asuras and Vasuki the serpent from drinking the Nectar of immortality and powers.Meanwhile, Sun God, Surya and the Moon God, Chandra noticed that Vasuki the serpent was not particularly distracted as other Asuras were, who quietly began drinking part of the immortality nectar.Hence the Sun and Moon gave heads up to Mohini, beautiful damsel, disguised as none other than Lord Vishnu himself. Vishnu swiftly with his discus cut the giant Vasuki. Alas, Vasuki had scoffed the nectar enough to make him immortal and cut in two, the head part of the serpent king became known as Rahu and the tail end as Ketu.se their deception had been detected, the two new entities (Rahu and Ketu) vowed that they would always eclipse the Sun and the Moon.
As a constant reminder, of the greed, deception, disguise and unbridled ambition of the Rahu, the head of Serpent, it would forever be with us in human consciousness. Rahu and Ketu would remain in the skies as a permanent reminder to the other planets (gods) of the darker side of life, which we must defeat in the pursuit of immortality.
Good and Evil, Key reason for the Universal Desire for Happiness
Each human being at its core has a fundamental need for happiness, bliss, contentment or whatever you call it. So the Mind generates ‘I’ ‘me’ and ‘mine’ ideas for pursuing happiness.Me versus you comes into play leading to conflict of interests and ideas thus further pitching us into a Ahmakara, state of ego. My relative happiness versus yours becomes a driving force.The fleeting notions of good, evil are creations of human will and ego. It has at its underpinning a relative morality code.
In reality, there is only one Absolute.That is the Brahman. The source, the God, or whatever you choose to call. Brahman is beyond the goodness of the Devas (as seen above) and the demonic-ness of the Asuras.Its essence is pure morality and one consciouness or amorality.
Devas is from Div, meaning brightness and light in essence and relates to the inhabitants of heaven as well as our senses.Senses are called devas as through the agency of the senses we perceive situations and throws light on it.Indra, Varuna, Agni, Mitra,Vayu and so on and so forth are the devas of the heavens as well as aspects within our consciousness that control the tattva Elements such as rain, oceans, (water), fire, Air etc.Hence we are intutively on the side of the devas as we want them to win, as they are no doubt brighter. The real victory was not of the Devas but of the Brahman, or the source. As the episode of Samudra Manthan is nothing but the Mahima or the Yaksa, or the tempting adorable reality, which is an aspect of the Brahman. The devas and Asuras represent US, Human beings. We are foreever yo-yoing between the Devas and the Asuras within us. This tussle between the righteousness of the Devas and the demonic, darker nature of the Asuras is what keeps us in the Rajasic or restless tendencies.
Essentially what we are seeking is the nectar of immortality, the bliss, the Amrta-Kumbha. This is the intense churning that happens to all until we start to seek the Brahman through the agency of a guide, who will lead us to this immense, vital and the only realization we need to find. We are devoted to our selves and our wisdom and knowledge, which makes us self-conceited. As Guru Narayana prays ‘Oh grant the boon that it may not swell the ego’ (Atmopadesa Satakam, verse 12) – Kena Upanishad Section 3.
Disappearance of Suffering and Strife and Emergence of Brahman in form of Uma, daughter of Himavan
Indra, God of the Devas, as well as Agni, Fire, could not quite perceive the nature of reality, the Brahman. This Brahman is invisible reality, only experienced and never becomes ‘Visible’.So how does one get a handle on this? If Indra and Agni failed to perceive Brahman, what hope to Humans have?
स तस्मिन्नेवाकाशे स्त्रियमाजगाम बहुशोभमानामुमाँ
हैमवतीं ताँहोवाच किमेतद्यक्षमिति ॥ १२॥
॥ इति केनोपनिषदि तृतीयः खण्डः ॥
sa tasminnevākāśe striyamājagāma bahuśobhamānāmumāṁ
haimavatīṃ tāṁhovāca kimetadyakṣamiti || 12||
|| iti kenopaniṣadi tṛtīyaḥ khaṇḍaḥ ||
In the same region of the sky Indra came upon a lady, the most beautiful Uma, the daughter of Himavan. He asked her, “Who is this yaksa?”
Eventually, when Indra was found very earnest and competent in his desire to know reality, Brahman itself appeared before him as the Goddess of wisdom Uma.
Thus when a true seeker reaches the reality , the form disappears. The older ‘known’ reality is replaced by the formless God reality. Thus when we see our existing reality as a mere world, it is endless in providing suffering. Changing our perception of the ‘Mere world’ or the ‘Same sky’ (which Indra saw) to viewing it as if it is just a playful manifestation of just one of the possibilities of Reality amongst infinite ones, then all pain and suffering is replaced by beauty. Such as the Beauty of Goddess Uma, daughter of Himavan.(Himalayas). Here for Indra, the reality dispappeared from under the same sky and appeared before him Brahman in form of Uma, a female form of Guru, to teach him the secret of this immense wisdom.
सा ब्रह्मेति होवाच ब्रह्मणो वा एतद्विजये महीयध्वमिति
ततो हैव विदाञ्चकार ब्रह्मेति ॥ १॥
sā brahmeti hovāca brahmaṇo vā etadvijaye mahīyadhvamiti
tato haiva vidāñcakāra brahmeti || 1||
She said “It is Brahman, In the Victory of Brahman indeed did you attain glory”. Only thus Indra did know that it was Brahman.
Spiritual seekers need to do the Work themselves, first and foremost
Duality of the atom and the infinite, being and non-being as all aspects of Maya, Mind-matter, microcosm-macrocosm all fall in this category. The way to teaching the secret wisdom of the Brahman, whch is indescribable, invisible is through Jnanins who are called Gurus.They adopt dual aspects of teaching. Their role is to take you to the place to experience the Brahman reality. All Upanishads are meant to teach the Science of absolute (BrhmaVidhya). Yet, No one seems to have become a knower of Brahman merely by learning the Upanishads. The Upanishads are tje words of the knowers of Brahman, but there are somethings absolutely essential to gain the secret wisdom of the Vedanta and the Brahman.
Austere penance Tapas (leading a simple life) Dama Self control over oneself, self-restraint,self-withdrawal,forbearance, action (Karma), Sraddha Faith and Samadhana self-contentment are qualities that are mandatory.
यो वा एतामेवं वेदापहत्य पाप्मानमनन्ते स्वर्गे
लोके ज्येये प्रतितिष्ठति प्रतितिष्ठति ॥ ९॥
॥ इति केनोपनिषदि चतुर्थः खण्डः ॥
yo vā etāmevaṃ vedāpahatya pāpmānamanante svarge
loke jyeye pratitiṣṭhati pratitiṣṭhati || 9||
|| iti kenopaniṣadi caturthaḥ khaṇḍaḥ ||
Whoever knows this (Brahmavidhya) thus, he, overcoming sin,becomes firmly established in the endless and supreme world of heaven; yes he becomes firmly established.
That is really the benefit of the secret hidden in the Upanishads, to become well-established in the endless supreme world of heaven, overcoming all sufferings.
Ultimate Goal of it is absolute Happiness Ananta which is beyond the merits and demerits, papa, punya, good, bad. It is certainly the immortality which the Asuraas and the Devas were seeking. Such is the bliss promised by the Upanishads with the help of a Wise Guru.
The Eternal Guru, The Saptarishis
Ancient Indian Vedic text mapped the planets in the solar system to the Sages that are keeper of the Stars beyond the milky way. Roughly speaking the core seven seers hold the entire cosmic Vedic knowledge for the betterment and progress of humanity.
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|Dhruva||Polaris Fixed Star – Seat of the Meditator|
Courtesy and Source : Pandit Sanjay Rath Nakshatra Devata, Brhat Nakshatra
ॐ आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः
श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि ।
माऽहं ब्रह्म निराकुर्यां मा मा ब्रह्म
निराकरोदनिराकरणमस्त्वनिराकरणं मेऽस्तु ।
तदात्मनि निरते य
उपनिषत्सु धर्मास्ते मयि सन्तु ते मयि सन्तु ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
oṃ āpyāyantu mamāṅgāni vākprāṇaścakṣuḥ
śrotramatho balamindriyāṇi ca sarvāṇi |
mā’haṃ brahma nirākuryāṃ mā mā brahma
nirākarodanirākaraṇamastvanirākaraṇaṃ me’stu |
tadātmani nirate ya
upaniṣatsu dharmāste mayi santu te mayi santu |
oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ||
May my limbs, speech, vital breath,eyes, ears, as also my strength and all the senses grow vigorous.All this is the Absolute (Brahman) referered to in the Upanishads.May I never negate the absolute. May the absolute never negate me.May there be no negating.May there be no negating in me.Let those basic tenets enunciated in the Upanishads, rest in the Self.
Let them be in Me. Aum Peace! Peace! Peace!