ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Mantram : 8.
Discussion-7. continued ... out of "a something" ... "self-born" ....
It is not born out of 'a something,' but it is ' Self-born.'
In fact, philosophically, the idea expressed in this simple-looking phrase is that the 'Self is the first cause' which is untouched by any effect and that It is not in Itself the effect of 'any cause.'
All effects are perishable, since they are born.
The 'Self' is imperishable,' and so, It must be unborn.
And if the intellect should ask for its cause, then to answer it we must say that it is the "uncaused cause" or the "self-born."
Though this may look as an unsatisfactory explanation for the intellect, those who understand the Self to be that which is beyond the intellect can very well come to appreciate this term as echoing nothing but the ineffectual fluttering of an exhausted and self-foundered intellect.
Next : Discussion-8.Terms in the mantram ..."Sukram, ..A-kayam, .. ..A-vranam , ... A--snaviragm, ...Suddham, ... and A-papaviddham" ........
To be continued ...