MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : Chapter-1. "AGAMA PRAKARANA" ( The Scriptural Treatise ) Mantram-1, Discussion- 8.
( The Scriptural Treatise )
"Harih Aum, Aum,-ityetad-aksharam-idam sarvam
tasyopa-vyakhyanam bhutam bhavad-bhavisyad iti
sarvam-onkara eva, yac-canyat-trikalatitam
Harih Aum = symbol of para Brahmam;
Aum iti = Omkara ( iti ) thus;
etat aksharam = this syllable;
idam sarvam = ( is ) all this;
tasya = of that ( Omkara );
upa-vyakhyanam = a clear exposition;
bhutam = the past;
bhavat = the present;
bhavishyat = ( and ) the future;
iti = thus ( belonging to );
sarvam = all this;
Omkara eva = ( is ) Omkara only;
yat = that which is;
ca = and;
anyat = anything else;
trikala atitam = beyond ( the three periods of ) time;
tat = that;
api = also;
Omkarah = ( is ) Omkara;
eva = only.
"Harih Aum, Aum, the word, is all this. A clear explanation of it is ( the following )" : -
"All that is past, present, and future, verily is Aum. That which is beyond the three periods of time is also, indeed, Aum."
When this much is said by the Master, the raw novelty of this staggering Truth surprises the student; and it is but human that the disciple looks at the Master with a big question-mark written large all over his face!
Seeing this unsaid-question, expressed in the look of the student, the Master hastens to answer him sympathetically and says,
"a clear explanation of it, I shall tell you in the following."
Again, the primary statement may be misconstrued by the student as meaning only all that is in the
ashram or in the Himalayan Valley : because, to the disciple, the Guru and his ashram, the banks of river Ganga, and the Himalayan Valley are all sacred, and so to consider them all : "as AUM" ( OM) is not very difficult.
To be continued ...