Section-2. ( Rituals )
Mantram-7. [Criticism of rituals -- devoid of knowledge ( Upasana ) ].
Discussion-3. " Sruti says further ........."
Sruti says that, however great the ritual, and however strictly it has performed, the performer can only can hope for comparative success and can reach, at best, only a mid-station in his voyage to Truth.
He may gain a more intenser life of acuter happiness in the subtler planes of Consciousness called in the scriptures as the 'higher worlds', such as the heaven, 'Satya lokam or Brahmalokam'.
But, whatever be one's status and position in the heaven, it is only a sojourn there; not an eternal assertion of the immortal "God-hood", and as such, the performer of the ritualistic rules, after having enjoyed the heavenly joys, as the fruits of his great and meritorious actions, will have to come back to the mortal coil.
Hence, the Sruti says, "again to old age and death."
"Birth. growth, disease, decay and death are five great changes that provide the main categories of pain in life."
Here, the 'Upanishad, by mentioning " OLD AGE AND DEATH," means all the five modifications in the pain-riddled life of an ordinary human.
Discussions on Mantram-7. ENDS.
Next : Mantram-8 to 10. ( Description of the sad state of knowledge-less ( devoid of Upasana ) rituals.
To be continued .....