Vedas - Selections from the Vedas Rig Veda 10.129 Then...

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Selections from the Vedas Rig Veda 10.129 Then neither Being nor Not-Being was, Nor atmosphere, nor firmament, nor what is beyond. What did it encompass? Where? In whose protection? What was water, the deep, unfathomable? Neither death nor immortality was there then, No sign of night or day. That One breathed, windless, by its own energy Nought else existed then. . . . Who knows truly? Who can here declare it? Whence it was born, whence is this emanation. By the emanation of this the gods only later (came to be). Who then knows whence it has arisen? Whence this emanation hath arisen, Whether (God) disposed it, or whether he did not, - Only he who is its overseer in highest heaven knows. (He only knows,) or perhaps he does not know! The Upanishads Selected from a translation by Patrick Olivelle (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 ("I am Brahman") In the beginning this world was only brahman, and it knew only itself (atman), thinking: "I am brahman." As a result, it became the Whole. Among the gods, likewise, whosoever realized this, only they became the Whole. It was the same also among the seers and among the humans. Upon seeing this very point, the seer Vasudeva proclaimed: "I was Manu, and I was the sun." This is true even now. If a man knows "I am brahman" in this way, he becomes the whole world. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14 (the origin of the Dharma) [Brahman] still did not become fully developed. So it created the Law (dharma), a form superior to and surpassing itself. And the Law is here the ruling power standing above the ruling power. Hence there is nothing higher than the Law. Therefore, a weaker man makes demands of a stronger man by appealing to the Law, just as one does by appealing to a king. Now, the Law is nothing but the truth. Therefore, when a man speaks the truth, people say that he speaks the Law; and when a man speaks the Law, people say that he speaks the truth. They
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are really the same thing. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad "It is like this. As a man embraced by a woman he loves is oblivious to everything within and without, so this person embraced by the self (atman) consisting of knowledge is oblivious to everything within and without. "Clearly, this is the aspect of his where all desires are fulfilled, where the self is the only desire, and which is free from desires and free from sorrows. "Here a father is not a father, a mother is not a mother, worlds are not worlds, gods are not gods, and Vedas are not Vedas. Here a thief is not a thief, an abortionist is not an abortionist, an outcaste is not an outcaste, a pariah is not a pariah, a recluse is not a recluse, and an ascetic is not an ascetic. Neither the good nor the bad follow him, for he has now passed beyond all sorrows of the heart. . . . "When there is some other thing, the one can see the other, the one can smell
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