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By Nirmalananda Giri

The Upanishads have lengthy scholars of philosophy within the West. TheEnglish thinker Hume translated a few of them into English within the eighteenthcentury. Later he travelled to the US the place he taught Sanskrit to Thomas Jeffersonand jointly they studied the Upanishads of their unique form.The maximum boon seekers of fact during this kingdom have obtained are thetranslations of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita–The Upanishads, Breath of theEternal, and The music of God, Bhagavad Gita–made by way of Swami Prabhavananda of theVedanta Society of Southern California within the nineteen-forties. i used to be privileged to hearhim communicate in 1962, and the worth and readability of his insights have been amazing. In histranslations he didn't test an actual literalism, but they impart the meanings of thetexts much better than so much who test for literal wording. studying his translation of theGita replaced my lifestyles in 1960, and every little thing which occurred later on was once aconsequence of that. My debt to him is incalculable and accordingly unpayable. I lookedat many translations ahead of taking over the duty of commenting at the Upanishads, and Ifound Swamiji’s model inescapable. the sunshine of the Self (Atma Jyoti) radiates fromthe pages, conveying to us the illumination and blessing of his instructor SwamiBrahmananda and his grasp, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, of Whom it may be rightlysaid: “He shining, every little thing shines.” [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Meditation is the only way this can be accomplished. ” Two questions arise (or should arise) at these words. What is the grace of God? What is the form of God? The grace of God is not some kind of favor or “goodie” dropped into our lap by God. Nor is grace something occasionally dispensed by God as a special token to the chosen. All that exists–either relatively or absolutely–is the grace of God. There is nothing that is not the grace of God. If we like, we may say that the grace of God is the Divine Plan for our liberation.

This will only seem painful or pessimistic if we are still identifying with the body. But if not, it will be as happy a statement as an affirmation that our prison is going to evaporate into dust. We have died many times (or thought we did), but that did not free us at all. And in many lives we were no doubt cremated. Still, that accomplished nothing. Evidently there is a deeper meaning to the “ashes” that are the body’s end. It is the fire of wisdom that turns our “bodies” into ashes. Let us then be busy stoking the fires of yoga and getting on with the burning.

The prana, the breath, is a vehicle for the solar energies that produce evolution, and so we join Om to our breathing and merge it into the pranic flow. This practice conditions our subtle levels so that at the time of death we will be oriented toward the solar powers and can ascend upon them–especially if we continue our intonations of Om even after the body has been dropped. Those intonations will guarantee our ascent into the solar world. Those who have imbued themselves with the Pranavic vibrations will enter through the solar gate, whereas those who have not done so will be shut out by it and compelled to return to earthly rebirth.

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