ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram -3.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Asurya nama te lokah andhena tamasavrtah,
Tagmste pretyabhi-gacchanti ye ke catma-hano janah.
asurya ( asuryah ) = demonic, sunless;
nama = really;
te = those;
lokah = people, worlds;
andhena tamasa = by blindening darkness ( gloom );
avrtah = covered;
tagm = to those;
te = they;
pretya = after death;
abhigacchanti = go to;
ye ka ca = whosever;
atma hanah = killers of the Self;
janah = people.
" Sunless are those worlds, and enveloped in blindening gloom to which all those people, who are slayers of their own Souls go, departing from here."
Discussion-1. The destination or the goal reached by those who are spiritual suicides is mentioned here.
In the scheme of the 'Upanishad ' the first mantram was relegated to explain the goal, the process, and training for those who are walking the 'Path of Renunciation,' while the second mantram was employed in explaining the 'Path of Action' which is mainly meant for those who have not got the qualifications for pursuing the 'Path of Meditation.'
The great Rishi-s thus divided mankind into two groups --- the meditators and the active workers.
All human beings born should toe the line, either of the meditators or the great men of action.
Activity, when pursued properly, can raise the individual to the upper
strata from where he can comfortably start the process of meditation.
Next : Discussion-2. 'having been born as man. an individual or society or community or nation who refuses to live either way '.....
To be continued ....