Brahma Vidya - Notes on Chandogya Upanishad Chapter Eight

Brahma Vidya - Notes on Chandogya Upanishad Chapter Eight

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Author: Swamini Vimalananda
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
Year: 2004
Language: multilingual
Pages: 132
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817597222X

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Desire is the root of all knowledge, action and thinking. We believe that success is to achieve all we desire. Yet most of us do not succeed in fulfilling most of our desires, despite sincere efforts.

The eighth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad drives home the fact that a sate of total fulfillment of desires (satya kama) is attained through Brahma Vidya-the knowledge of Truth that results in Self-realisation whereby one remains untouched by any situation in life.

Indra, the king of heaven lived for 101 years in the hermitage of Prajapati, the Creator, in order to gain it. A life of Self-control and meditation on the heart-space was the means taught, and total freedom and fulfillment, the goal achieved.

Swamini Vimalananda’s appropriate notes will surely add a new dimension to our understanding to this text.