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The Upanishads Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Upanishads
  1. #1
    “What man dwelling on the decaying mortal plane, having approached the undecaying immortal one, and having reflected upon the nature of enjoyment through beauty and sense pleasure, would delight in long life?”
  2. #2
    “He who is without discrimination and whose mind is always uncontrolled, his senses are unmanageable, like the vicious horses of a driver.”
  3. #3
    “If one should desire to live in this world a hundred years, one should live performing Karma (righteous deeds). Thus thou mayest live; there is no other way. By doing this, Karma (the fruits of thy actions) will not defile thee.”
  4. #4
    “Beyond the senses are the objects, beyond the objects is the mind, beyond the mind is the intellect, beyond the intellect is the great Atman.”
  5. #5
    “After leaving their bodies, they who have killed the Self go to the worlds of the Asuras, covered with blinding ignorance.”
  6. #6
    “They enter into blind darkness who worship Avidya (ignorance and delusion); they fall, as it were, into greater darkness who worship Vidya (knowledge).”
  1. #7
    “Look back to those who lived before and look to those who live now. Like grain the mortal decays and like grain again springs up (is reborn).”
  2. #8
    “He who sees all beings in the Self and the Self in all beings, he never turns away from It (the Self).”
  3. #9
    “He who perceives all beings as the Self for him how can there be delusion or grief, when he sees this oneness (everywhere)?”
  4. #10
    “The face of Truth is hidden by a golden disk. O Pushan
    (Effulgent Being)! Uncover (Thy face) that I, the worshipper of
    Truth, may behold Thee.”
  5. #11
    “O mind, remember thy deeds! O mind, remember, remember thy deeds! Remember!”
  6. #12
    “Children (the ignorant) pursue external pleasures; (thus) they fall into the wide-spread snare of death. But the wise, knowing the nature of immortality, do not seek the permanent among fleeting things.”

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  1. #13
    “There is this doubt regarding what becomes of a man after death. Some say he exists, others that he does not exist. This knowledge I desire, being instructed by thee.”
  2. #14
    “The Sages gave to the Supreme the name A-U-M which stands as the root of all language. The first letter ‘A’ is the mother-sound, being the natural sound uttered by every creature when the throat is opened, and no sound can be made without opening the throat. The last letter ‘M,’ spoken by closing the lips, terminates all articulation. As one carries the sound from the throat to the lips, it passes through the sound ‘U.’ These three sounds therefore cover the whole field of possible articulate sound. Their combination is called the Akshara or the imperishable word, the Sound-Brahman or the Word God, because it is the most universal name which can be given to the Supreme.”
  3. #15
    “The good and the pleasant approach man; the wise examines both and discriminates between them; the wise prefers the good to the pleasant, but the foolish man chooses the pleasant through love of bodily pleasure.”
  4. #16
    “He about whom many are not even able to hear, whom many cannot comprehend even after hearing: wonderful is the teacher, wonderful is he who can receive when taught by an able teacher.”
  5. #17
    “Fools dwelling in ignorance, yet imagining themselves wise and learned, go round and round in crooked ways, like the blind led by the blind.”
  6. #18
    “Though the visible whole has come out from that Invisible Whole, yet the Whole remains unaltered.”
  7. #19
    “He who has not turned away from evil conduct, whose senses are uncontrolled, who is not tranquil, whose mind is not at rest, he can never attain this Atman even by knowledge.”
  8. #20
    “All this, whatsoever exists in the universe, should be covered by the Lord. Having renounced (the unreal), enjoy (the Real). Do not covet the wealth of any man.”
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