27 What Survives Death?

Katha Upanishad: What Survives Death?

Read: The Meaning of the Word Upanishad by Max Müller from Internet Sacred Text Archive website. (44)

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The Katha Upanishad concludes its philosophical presentation in verses 14–15 of the Sixth Vallî. The state of perfection, according to the last section of the Upanishad, explains Paul Deussen, consists “not in the attainment of a future or yonder world, but it is already just now and here for one who is Self-realized, who knows his Self (Soul) as Brahman (Cosmic Soul)”.

16. ‘There are a hundred and one arteries of the heart, one of them penetrates the crown of the head. Moving upwards by it, a man (at his death) reaches the Immortal; the other arteries serve for departing in different directions.’

17. ‘The Person not larger than a thumb, the inner Self, is always settled in the heart of men. Let a man draw that Self forth from his body with steadiness, as one draws the pith from a reed. Let him know that Self as the Bright, as the Immortal; yes, as the Bright, as the Immortal.’

18. Having received this knowledge taught by Death and the whole rule of Yoga (meditation), Nâkiketa became free from passion and death, and obtained Brahman. Thus it will be with another also who knows thus what relates to the Self.

19. May He protect us both! May He enjoy us both! May we acquire Strength together! May our knowledge become bright! May we never quarrel! Om! Peace! peace! peace! Harih, Om! (46)

Plato: Republic on the Way of Knowing and the Way of Being: What Is Really Real? How Do We Know? (1)

Reading: from Plato, Republic — (selections from Books V1.506c–V11 520a) by Perseus Digital Library (47)


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