references

David Dargie dargie at lingua.cltr.uq.oz.au
Tue Mar 25 20:00:39 EST 1997


>
>
>I am having difficulty referencing the following three passages in the
>Upanisads (because the translations I am working with are so different).
>Can someone please provide the references. Thanks a lot.
>
>(1) from Manduka Upanisad (   ): "The syllable OM, which is the 
>imperishable brahman is the universe."
>
>(2) from Manduka Upanisad (   ): "The Fourth, the Self, is OM, the
>indivisible syllable. This syllable is unutterable and beyond mind. In it
>the manifold universe disappears. It is the supreme good--One without a
>second. Whosoever knows OM, the Self, becomes the Self." 
>
>(3) from Brhadaranyaka Upanisad (   ) : "The Self is described as not
>this, not that." 
>
>
>
>Cordially,
>
>Sushil Mittal
>IIIS/WHP


(1)  The first passage that you quote seems to be a conflation of the first
two verses of the Mandukya.

ie. M1   ...   aum ity etad aksharam idaM sarvaM
             ...  "Aum, this very syllable, is all this."

and M2  ... sarvaM hy etad brahmA ...
              ... "All this is verily brahma"
(which is itself a quotation from the Brhadaranyaka II.v.19)

Perhaps your first passage would be better rendered

 "The syllable OM (which is the imperishable brahman) is the universe."

This would then doubtless be the opening statement of Mandukya 1.


(2)  Your second passage is certainly Mandukya 12, ie the closing statement.

(3)  As for the "neti neti" passage, try Brahdaranyaka II.iii.6.


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Studies in Religion
University of Queensland
email: dargie at lingua.cltr.uq.oz.au
Phone: +61 7 3365 7334
Home: +61 7 3397 6863
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