What’s something you believe everyone should know?
Here is my answer to the inquiry, “What’s something you believe everyone should know?”
The Mundaka Upanishad is one of the Ten Principal Upanishads. It is a Sanskrit text that is part of the Atharva Veda. At the beginning of this Upanishad, the student Saunaka asks the Sage Angira, “What is that? Knowing that, you know everything else.”
Advaita Vedanta’s deep insights shine like a lighthouse of illumination. Advaita Vedanta, which has its origins in Indian philosophy, goes beyond our current understanding to provide light on the mysteries of life and our role in the universe. Let us set out on this journey and discover the eternal truths that lie at the center of this enduring philosophy.
My answer is as follows:
My real nature is “Nirguna Brahma.”
My Transient nature is “Saguna Brahma.”
Q: What is Nirguna Brahma?
Answer: Nirguna Brahman is the Divine, which has no form, is timeless, has no birth, no breath, no mind, and is above, outside, and inside everything. Completely pure, even from the indestructible (Causal), which is higher than the highest and smaller than the smallest.
Let us know the absolute nature of Brahman: Nirguna Brahman and Saguna Brahman.
Now let us know, Saguna Brahman:
This is known as “Hiranyagarbha”—the Subtle Macrocosm.
From Him (Brahman) are born the Prana, the Mind, and all the sense organs, the elements, the sky, wind, fire, water, and earth, which support all creation. From Him arise oceans, rivers, mountains, herbs, and their properties. And in the middle of the elements is the innermost Self.
"Satyam jnanam Anantam Brahman" which means “The knower of “Brahman” attains the Supreme”. Brahman is truth, knowledge, and infinity, which is our own very Self, the Atman. Brahman is not an object of knowledge. It is always a witnessing subject. (The Seer).
The term “Brahman” is of great significance in Vedanta philosophy. It is important to note that “Brahman” does not pertain to any specific caste, creed, or sect. According to Vedanta, the word “Brahman” is derived from the root “brh,” signifying growth or expansion. The suffix “man” indicates the absence of limitations. In Vedanta, Brahman is considered a neuter gender and is referred to as the pronoun “That.”
Describing Brahman proves to be a challenging endeavor, as it is ultimately indefinable, beyond description, and transcends human comprehension. Brahman cannot be fully apprehended through the senses alone. However, Vedanta provides guidance on how to realize Brahman, which is understood as the “Supreme Consciousness.”
The Upanishads offer profound insights into the nature of Brahman. Shri Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th-century founder of Advaita Vedanta, asserted that there exists one absolute Brahman, characterized by “Sat-Chit-Ananda” (Existence, Consciousness, Bliss) and possessing a homogeneous nature.