ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram -1.


ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :

or  


VAJASANEYI    SAMHITA    UPANISHAD 



Mantram -1.

Discussion - 11.  "bhunjithah" ...( second  line  of  the  Mantram ) ...




Enjoy  (   bhunjithah ) ----  The  root  'Bhuj' means  'to enjoy' and  also  'to  save'.

Sri Swami   Adi  Sankaracharya    Bhagavatpada  takes  the  latter  meaning  and  interprets  it  to  mean   'saving  one's  Self'.

According  to  Swamiji,  therefore,  the  meaning  would  be  the  way  to  protect  one's  Self  and  enjoy  Its  glory  lies  in  the  renunciation  of  attachments  for  the  not-Self  ( Anatma ).

The  'Seer'  of  the  'Upanishad',  however,  by  avoiding  the  mention  of  the  'objects'  to  be  enjoyed,  probably  means  both:  

At  a  lower  level,  'enjoy' what  is  given  by  Him,  without  covetousness,  attachment  etc,;  and  at  the  greater  heights,  the  student  in  meditation  is  told  to  renounce  the  perceptions,  feeling  and  thoughts,  which  are  'other  than  Atma' ( Anatma ),  and  seek  the  Eternal,  imperishable  Self,  having  experienced  which,  come  to  enjoy  the  glories  of  "Kaivalya"  the  " GODHOOD".

In  short,  it  all  adds  up  to  this : " Renouncing  the  fleeting  world  and  its  equally  fleeting  objects,  in  the  "Lord-is-all-this" --- experience,  come  to  enjoy  the  Self.

Saving  the  Self  is  to  enjoy  the  Self.

By  enjoying  it  one  saves  it;  by  not  enjoying  
It  one  kills  It.***

         
***Narada   says in  Srimad  Bhagavatham : 
"Men  are  owners  of  only  that  much  of  proprty  in  their  possession  as  is  necessary  to  feed  their  stomachs.

Anyone  who  thinks  that  he  is  the  sole  proprietor  of  anything  more  is  a  thief
and  deserves  to  be  punished  as  such."

Next : Discussion- 12. "dana" .....

To  be  continued  ...

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