Upanishads or The Upanishads

Upanishads or The Upanishads
8th Century B.C.
5th Century B.C.

Collection of Philosophical Texts which is the Central Text of Hindu Religion along with the Bhagavad Gita, all passed down in the oral tradition

Author Quotes

Just as by one clod of clay all that is made of clay is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is clay. – Chandogya Upanishad

The Self is hidden in the lotus of the heart. Those who see themselves in all the creatures go day by day into the world of Brahman hidden in the heart. Established in peace, they rise above body consciousness to the supreme light of the Self. Immortal, free from fear, this Self is Brahman, called the True. Beyond the mortal and the immortal, he binds both worlds together. Those who know this live day after day in heaven in this very life. - Chandogya Upanishad

Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear. When a sage sees this great Unity and his Self has become all beings, what delusion and what sorrow can ever be near him? — Isa Upanishad

An intelligent person who sees both nectar and poison rejects poison; so having cognized Atma, I reject those that are not Atma. – Atmabodha Upanishad

Just as by one nugget of gold all that is made of gold is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is gold. – Chandogya Upanishad

The Self is within all, and it is without all. – Isha Upanishad

You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

As by knowing one lump of clay, dear one, we come to know all things made out of clay- that they differ only in name and form, while the stuff of which all are made is clay… So through spiritual wisdom, dear one, we come to know that all life is one. — Chandogya Upanishad

Just as sugar is found permeating all the sugar juice – from which sugar is extracted – so I am full in the three worlds in the form of the non-dual Brahman. – Atmabodha Upanishad

The self-existent Lord pierced the senses to turn outward. Thus we look to the world outside and see not the Self within us. A sage withdrew his senses from the world of change and, seeking immortality, looked within and beheld the deathless self. – Katha Upanishad

You could have golden treasure buried beneath your feet, and walk over it again and again, yet never find it because you don't realize it's there. Just so, all beings live every moment in the city of the Divine, but never find the Divine because it is hidden by the veil of illusion. - Chandogya Upanishad.

As pure water poured into pure water becomes the very same, so does the Self of the illumined man or woman verily become one with the Godhead. - Katha Upanishad

Know one, know all. - Katha Upanishad

The sun that illuminates the pot both within and without is not destroyed with the destruction of the pot; so the Sakshi (witness) that illuminates the body is not destroyed with the destruction of the body. – Atmabodha Upanishad

Both the good and the pleasant approach a man. The wise man, pondering over them, discriminates. The wise chooses the good in preference to the pleasant. The simple-minded, for the sake of worldly well-being, prefers the pleasant.

Know the self to be sitting in the chariot, the body to be the chariot, the intellect the charioteer, and the mind the reins.

The Unseen One, featureless, unthinkable, undefinable by name. Whose Substance is the certitude of One Self, in Whom world-existence is stilled, Who is all peace and bliss - that is the Self, that is what be known. - Mandukya Upanishad

Except through the entire giving up of Vasanas and through Mouna – the observance of silence towards objects, the Supreme Seat is not attained. - Mukti Upanishad

Lightness, healthiness, steadiness, clearness of countenance and pleasantness of voice, sweetness of odor, and scanty excretions-- these, they say, are the first stage in the progress of yoga. Even as a mirror stained by dust shines brilliantly when it has been cleansed, so the embodied one, on seeing the nature of the Soul, becomes unitary, his end attained, from sorrow freed. When with the nature of the self, as with a lamp, a practicer of yoga beholds here the nature of Brahman, unborn, steadfast, from every nature free-- by knowing God, one is released from all fetters! - Mukti Upanishad

The wise know that a mind associated with Vasana (desire arising out of senses) tends to bondage, while a mind well free from Vasana is said to be an emancipated one. - Mukti Upanishad

Finite and transient are the fruits of sacrificial rites. The deluded, who regard them as the highest good, remain subject to birth and death. Living in the abyss of ignorance, yet wise in their own conceit, the deluded go round and round [on the wheel of death and rebirth], like the blind led by the blind. Living in the abyss of ignorance, the deluded think themselves blessed. Attached to works, they know not God. Works lead them only to heaven, whence, to their sorrow, their rewards quickly exhausted, they are flung back to earth. Considering religion to be observance of rituals and performance of acts of charity, the deluded remain ignorant of the highest good. Having enjoyed in heaven the reward of their good works, they enter again into the world of mortals. But the wise, self-controlled, and tranquil souls, who are contented in spirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence, are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation the immortal, the truly existing, the changeless Self. – Mundaka Upanishad

Like the bubbles, waves, etc., in the ocean, so all beings, from Brahma down to worm, are fashioned in Me; just as the ocean does not long after motion of waves, so to Me, there is no longing after sensual happiness, being Myself of the form of spiritual Bliss. – Atmabodha Upanishad

There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.

For him who sees everywhere oneness, how can there be delusion or grief? – Isha Upanishad

One who meditates, all his knots of his heart, the bondages are opened; all the doubts are eliminated and one becomes gradually free from the fetters of action with ego. - Mundaka Upanishad

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Upanishads or The Upanishads
Birth Date
8th Century B.C.
Death Date
5th Century B.C.

Collection of Philosophical Texts which is the Central Text of Hindu Religion along with the Bhagavad Gita, all passed down in the oral tradition