He Who Knows

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OM. HE WHO knows what is the oldest and greatest
becomes the oldest and greatest among his kinsman.
The vital breath (prana) is indeed the oldest and
greatest. He who knows this becomes the oldest
and greatest among his kinsman and also among
those of whom he wishes to be so.

He who knows what is most excellent (vasishtha)
becomes the most excellent among his kinsman.
The organ of speech is indeed the vasishtha.
He who knows this becomes the most excellent
among his kinsman and also among those of whom
he wishes to be so.

He who knows what has (the attribute of) steadiness
(pratishtha) lives steadily in rough as well as
smooth places and times. The eye indeed is endowed
with steadiness, for with the help of the eye
one remains steady in rough as well as smooth
places and times. He who knows this lives steady
in rough as well as smooth places and times.

He who knows prosperity (sampad) attains whatever
object he desires. The ear indeed is prosperity,
for when the ear is intact all the Vedas are
acquired. He who knows this attains whatever
object he desires.

He who knows the abode (ayatana) becomes the abode
of his kinsman and also of other people. The mind
indeed is the abode. He who knows this becomes the
abode of his kinsman as well of other people.

source: Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
image: Eddie’s Image Collection, Ancient Mandala

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10 thoughts on “He Who Knows

  1. Loved this , So loved it Eddie.. and He who Lives the Longest See’s the Most!… lol.. And we who ‘know’ sometimes do not have the words.. But silence speaks volumes..

    Love and Blessings dear Eddie, I hope you had a wonderful Peaceful weekend.. We have frost, but we also have some Sunshine today.. A great bonus..

    Love to you and yours..
    Sue ❤

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