MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : Chapter-1. "AGAMA PRAKARANA" ( The Scriptural Treatise ) Mantram-1, Discussion- 11.
( 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."
The concept of time is a trick of the mind.Where there is no mind, the concept of time also does not function. But we all know that mind is in itself matter, inert and insentient.
When the mind is in conjunction with life, it gains a similitude of activity in its sentience and conscience.
Thus, that, which is beyond time, is the very Divine Spark of life, because of which, this assemblage of body, mind and intellect functions as though it is a vibrant and dynamic being.
Thus, "AUM" represents in its symbolism, as well as in its syllabic-significances, not only the manifest world of plurality, but also its substratum, the unmanifest, Non-dual Reality.
Subjectively "AUM" must necessarily then represent not only the matter-envelopment in us but also the Spiritual Center behind it all.
How it is so, is the very content of the twelve sacred mantra-s which constitute the entire Upanishad.
Next : Mantram-2.
To be continued ...