The Short Notes to be Known -1

With our ears may we hear what is good.
With our eyes may we behold thy righteousness.
Tranquil in body, may we who worship thee find rest.
Om… Hail to the Supreme Self!
-Mundaka Upanishad

-Katha Upanishad
City of Brahman
Within the city of Brahman, which is the body, there is the heart,
and within the heart there is a little house.
This house has the shape of a lotus, and within it dwells that which is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized.
What then is that which, dwelling within this little house, this lotus of the heart, is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized?
As large as the universe outside, even so large
is the universe within the lotus of the heart.
Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, the moon,
the lightning, and all the stars.
What is in the macrocosm is in this microcosm.
All things that exist, all beings and all desires,
are in the city of Brahman;

what then becomes of them when old age approaches
and the body dissolves in death?
Though old age comes to the body,
the lotus of the heart does not grow old.
At death of the body, it does not die.
The lotus of the heart, where Brahman exists in all His glory –
that and not the body, is the true city of Brahman.
Brahman, dwelling therein, is untouched by any deed,
ageless, deathless, free from grief,
free from hunger and from thirst.
His desires are right desires,
and His desires are fulfilled.
As here on earth all the wealth that one earns is but transitory,
so likewise, transitory are the heavenly enjoyments
acquired by the performance of sacrifices.
Therefore, those who die without having realized the Self
and its right desires find no permanent happiness
in any world to which they go;
while those who have realized the Self and its right desires
find permanent happiness everywhere.
-Chandogya Upanishad

The good and the pleasant
The good is one thing; the pleasant is another.
These two, differing in their ends, both prompt to action.
Blessed are they that choose the good; they that choose the pleasant miss the goal.
Both the good and the pleasant present themselves to men.
The wise, having examined both, distinguish the one from the other.
The wise prefer the good to the pleasant;
the foolish, driven by desires of the flesh,
prefer the pleasant to the good.
-Katha Upanishad

The Infinite
As rivers flow into the sea and in doing so lose name and form,
even so the wise man, freed from name and form, attains the Supreme Being,
the Self-luminous, the Infinite
-Mundaka Upanishad 

Study and teaching of the Vedas
Pleasant indeed are the study and teaching of the Vedas!
He who engages in these things attains to concentration of mind,
And is no longer a slave to his passions;
Devout, self-controlled, cultivated in spirit,
He rises to fame and is a blessing to mankind.
-Satapatha Brahmana

May my speech be one
May my speech be one with my mind,
and may my mind be one with my speech.
O thou self-luminous Brahman,
remove the veil of ignorance from before me,
that I may behold thy light.
Do thou reveal to me the spirit of the scriptures.
May the truth of the scriptures be ever present to me.
May I seek day and night to realize what I learn from the sages.
May I speak the truth of Brahman.
May I speak the truth.
May it protect me.
May it protect my teacher.
Om.. peace –peace – peace
-Aitareya Upanishad

None beholds Him with eyes
None beholds Him with the eyes,
for He is without visible form.
Yet in the heart is He revealed
through self-control and meditation.
Those who know Him become immortal.
When all the senses are stilled,when the mind is at rest,
when the intellect wavers not-then is known, say the wise, the highest state.
The calm of the senses and the mind has been defined as Yoga.
He who attains it is freed from delusion.
-Katha Upanishad

May we be united in heart
May we be united in heart
May we be united in speech
May we be united in mind
May we be united in duties
As did the wise men of old
May we be united in prayer
May we be united in goal
May we be united in resolve
May we be united in understanding
May we be united in offering
May we be united in hearts
May we be united in thoughts
May there be perfect unity amongst us.
-Rig Veda

Home of the spirit
Even as river springs from different sources,
yet mingle in the ocean,
So all the Vedas, all scriptures, all truth,
though of diverse origin, come home to Thee.
-Srimad Bhagavatam 

Yajur Veda
Truth is one; sages call it by various names
Truth is one; sages call it by various names.
There is one God, one absolute Truth, and one Existence.
(People of different countries worship the one God under various names and in different forms)

Srimad Bhagavatam

Each of these names and forms is a face of the Infinite, and is one with the Infinite  

Om Tat Sat

(My humble salutations to  the Sacred Scripts and Hinduism com  for the collection)


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