MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : Chapter-1. "AGAMA PRAKARANA" ( The Scriptural Treatise ) Mantram-2, Discussion- 7.
( The Scriptural Treatise )
"Sarvam hyetad Brahma, ayam-atma Brahma,
so' yam-atma catuspat."
sarvam - all;
hi - indded;
brahma - this (is) BRAHMAM;
ayam atma brahma - this Self ( ATMA IN US ) is BRAHMAM;
sah - That ( BRAHMAM );
ayam atma - ( which is ) this Self ( ATMA IN US );
catuspat - ( is ) covered with four quarters ( PARTS ).
"All this is verily BRAHMAM. This is BRAHMAM. This JIVATMA ( ATMA WITHIN US ) has four quarters ( parts )."
The Absolute 'this' is then the Spiritual Center in ourselves; and since Spiritual Factor is Eternal and All-pervading, the Center in ourselves is the Center everywhere.
The individual-Self is the Universal-Self.
And hence the Sruti says, "This Atma is BRAHMAM."
This oft-quoted declaration is considered to be major text ( Mahavakyam ) by the Vedantik-seekers.
A Mahavakyam is a scriptuaral declaration which has got almost in exhaustible wealth of significance, over which the more a seeker meditates the more he shall find fresh woods and pastures new to roam about through contemplation.
Ultimately we shall reach a point from where no more thought --- can dare rise : -
all thoughts --- shall laps into silence or the joy of Self-Realization.
To be continued ...