ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram - 4.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion-6. "Sitting, It goes faster than those who run after It" .......
Here is another epithet by which the brilliant word-painters of the Upanishads have tried to capture the ever-eluding concept of the Self in a network of their irreplacable words.
The 'motionless' is thus not a dull inert entity which has no activity at all.
In fact, it is beyond both "activity and inactivity."
This idea is conveyed by stating that the Self, though seemingly inactive in its own Real Nature, seems to be most active.
The steam in the railway engine can be described as 'motionless' "in its own real nature."
The water evaporates to create the steam, and the steam moves the engine ( train ).
Of course, the train is being pulled by the dynamism of the steam.
The steam can, therefore, be explained as that which "goes faster than those who run after it" ---- the bogies.
The cause permeates the effects.
The cup cannot run away from the mud ....
A beautiful Samskrtam slokam says : "Even if one flies for a million years with the wings of Garuda ( mind ), even if one is gifted with the speed swifter than the mind, one cannot get to the end of the cause (karanam).
The sense-organs and the sense-objects spring from and exist in the Self, and so they cannot, in their functions, ever remain totally away from the Self, the medium of their existence, the field of all their activities.
Next : Discussion-7. "Matarisva" .....
To be continued ...