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The Unitive State in the Upanishads

Professor Andrew Wilson

Unification Theological Seminary
from Readings from World Scriptures
(World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts)

That which is the finest essence--this whole world has that as its Self.  That is Reality.  That is the Self.  That art thou.
Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7

Brahman is the end of the journey.  Brahman is the supreme goal.
Katha Upanishad 1.3.11

Cf. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.6-7

Whatever is here, that is there.
What is there, that again is here.
He obtains death after death
Who seems to see a different here.

By the mind, indeed, is this realization to be attained:
There is no difference here at all!
He goes from death to death
Who seems to see a difference here.

Katha Upanishad 2.1.10-11

 Cf. Chandogya Upanishad 7.23, Lankavatara Sutra 78, ; Mulamadhyamakakarika 25, ; Chuang Tzu 2,

Those who see all creatures within themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
Delude the one who sees its unity?
Isha Upanishad 6-7

Cf. Chandogya Upanishad 7.23, ; 7.25.2, ; Chuang Tzu 22,

Meditate upon him and transcend physical consciousness.  Thus will you reach union with the Lord of the universe.  Thus will you become identified with him who is One without a second.  In him all your desires will find fulfillment.

The truth is that you are always united with the Lord.  But you must know this.

Svetasvatara Upanishad 1.11-12

Cf. Bhagavad Gita 5.24, Isha Upanishad 15-16,

As rivers flow into the sea and in so doing lose name and form, so even the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being, the Self-luminous, the Infinite.  He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman.

Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.8-9

Cf. Chandogya Upanishad 7.23, 27, ; Katha Upanishad 3.13,; Maru Ashpadi,


World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts, Ed. Andrew Wilson


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