ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion-5. "Swami Sankaracharya's interpretations .....
The men of wisdom, in the scriptures, forecast that such people who are "Slayers of their Souls", will go to the "Sun-less
worlds", 'when they leave their bodies ( pretya )'.
Swami Sri Adi Sankaracharya, however, has his own 'orthodax' interpretation.
Swamiji wants to point out that mere rituals without knowledge will bring the individual only to the Heaven, the abode of the 'Suras' ( Gods ).
Without the knowledge of the Self ( Atma ) even these worlds of the Suras are only the worlds of 'Asuras', full of sorrow.
When compared with Absolute Bliss in the Self, they are indeed, a "A-Surya worlds".
"Blindening darkness ( andhena tamasa )" - Again, this also brings out the contrast.
Here. in ignorance, we live now at least in 'visible' darkness.
There, in the Heaven, due to the extreme enjoyments freely available for the longer periods of time, it may be considered as living in 'blindening darkness'.
Next : Discussion-6. 'theory of incarnation' ... 'ego-centric equipment' ... at the moment of death ...
To be continued ....