ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram -1.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion - 13. "Do not covet the wealth of another." .....
The very first mantram, there is therefore, not only a statement of Truth and its amplifications, but a definiten method of realisation is also pointed out.
Even this much would have been sufficient to raise the Mantram to the pinnacles of a literary perfection and philosophical beauty unparalled in any language; but this is not at all.
To crown the entire effort, as it were, here within the same Mantram, the Rishi has also hinted at, how much a Perfect One will live thereafter and how a seeker in his pilgrimage should try to live.
As an injunction to the seekers and as a description of the mental attitude of the Perfect One, we have the statement in the last quarter of the Mantram :
"Do not covet the wealth of another."
"Covetousness aruses from the muddy pools of desires; desires procreate thoughts, and thoughts degenerate into actions."
The Seer in the Upanishad is advising not to covet the wealth of others, thereby, he is prescribing for the Seeker training for the control of his desires.
To control desires is to control the actions, and to that ectent it is an atempt to throttle the activities of the "ignorance" or "error" in us.
To be continued ....