ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : Mantram : 12.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Discussion-3. "Asambhuti" ( Unmanifest ) .... "Sambhuti" ( Manifest ) .....
The pair of words used in this discussion of the mantram is "Unmanifest ( asambhuti ) and Manifest ( sambhuti )."
The 'asambhuti' would be easier for all to understand as the 'Impersonal God' and the 'sambhuti' as the 'Personal God'.
Among the devotee class there always had been, and there is a lot of controversy upon the relative merits of worshipping or meditating upon the Personal God and the Impersonal God.
Even in the 'Vedic period,' there were the personal gods like Vayu, Agni, Varuna, just as we have 'Puranic Gods as 'Rama, Krishna, Siva, Devi, Ganesa, etc.
This controversy has now come down to our own times; in its practical application in life, it expresses itself as the great controversy on whether "Jnanam or Bhakti is supreme."
The Upanishad here is giving us enough thoughts in its truth-declarations to make us understand that our controversy is meaningless and baseless.
Just as we have seen that there is no controversy between "Vidya and Avidya" and that they
are complementary to each other, so too, "Jnanam and Bhakti" are not contradictory.
In fact, each in the lap of other grows stronger and gets more established.
Discussions on this mantram ENDS.
Next : Mantram-13.
To be continued ....