Reading the Upanishads: Katha (Part 14)

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. We are reading one of my favorite upanishads: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death.http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/upani_katha.html 10 When the five instruments of knowledge stand still, together with the mind and when the intellect does not move, that is called the Supreme State. 11 This, the firm Control of the senses, is what … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Katha Part Eleven

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. We are reading one of my favorite upanishads: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death.http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/upani_katha.html Chapter II 1 There is a city with eleven gates belonging to the unborn Atman of undistorted Consciousness. He who meditates on Him grieves no more; liberated from the bonds of ignorance, he becomes … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Katha part eight

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the eighth post of my favorite Upanishad: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death.Part TwoChapter Ihttp://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/upani_katha.html1Yama said: The self—existent Supreme Lord inflicted an injury upon the sense—organs in creating them with outgoing tendencies; therefore a man perceives only outer obj … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Katha part one

First off, I have to say that last week's Hindi on Twitter was a great success. I got over my fear to try writing and producing sentences in Hindi and people on Twitter were very supportive and gave me helpful tips. They corrected my grammar and most importantly, explained why what I was doing was wrong! So I'm trying it again today. Join me on Twitter if you'd like to check out my Hindi skills (or lack thereof! lol). *** We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Kena Chapter Four

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the fourth and final post on the Kena Upanishad. The previous scripture was the Isha Upanishad (find all Scripture posts here)Last time the reading ended on quite a cliff hanger. Read back to refresh your memory: Kena Upanishad Chapter ThreeHere are a couple different translations of the final section of the Kena Upanishad... Chapter IV 1 She replied: “It is, indeed, B … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Kena chapter one

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today we are starting the Kena Upanishad. The previous scripture was the Isha Upanishad (find all Scripture posts here)Here are a few different translations of the first section of the Kena Upanishad...1)Chapter I 1 The disciple asked: Om. By whose will directed does the mind proceed to its object? At whose command does the prana, the foremost, do its duty? At whose will do … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Isha Verse 17 + 18

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad. Today we are reading the last two verses and finishing the Isha. Starting next week, scripture reading will be moving to my new sister blog, the White Hindu Premium. This is a subscription-based blog that will allow you access to more in-depth posts, materials, advice, and video chats with me. Check out the intro! We will be starting on The Bhagavad … [Read more...]


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Meet a God: Agni

Agni is a very old God and one that was heavily featured in the Vedas. By the time of the Upanishads, his importance had lessened considerably. His name is synonymous with fire and the frequent use of sacrifices into fire in Hindu ritual all connect to him.Agni is the first word of the first prayer of the first Veda. He is said to be a messenger between humans and Gods.While some Gods are distant and in the realm of the subtle world, others personify aspects of the world, as Agni does wi … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Part Nine

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:Verses 9 to 11 of the Easwaran translation of the Isha Upanishad are... In dark night live those for whomThe world without alone is real; in … [Read more...]


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