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Title: Chapter VIII of Chandogya Upanishad - 5
Post by: Subramanian.R on April 28, 2009, 11:00:08 AM
Section 6:

1. Then these veins connected with the Heart are each filled
with a thin liquid, coloured reddish yellow, white, blue, yellow
and read.  -- The Sun there also has these colours -- reddish
yellow, white, blue, yellow and red.

[Here the veins mean 'nadis', the invisible nerve connections.]

2. Just as a big, broad road continues one village with another
one which is far off, in the same way, the rays merge from the sun
and reach out to a person, connecting one with the other.  After
entering the veins of that person, they emerge from them and then
go back into the sun.

3. When a person is in sound sleep, all his organs are inactive
and quiet. He is free from all worries and he does not have any
dreams. The organs then disappear into the veins.  No sin can
affect them then, for the rays of the sun have surrounded him.

[From this verse onwards, the avastha thryam concept starts.
This is the fulcrum of Mandukya Upanishad also.  In fact, Chadogya
is nothing but an elaboration of Mandukya, with all the paraphernalia
of imagery, similes, pageants etc.,]

4. Then, when a person becomes weak, his relatives sit around
him and keep asking: "Do you know me?  Do you know me?"  As
long as he has not left the body, he is able to recognize them.

5. Then, when a person leaves the body, he goes upward with
the help of these rays.  If he dies while mediating on Om, his
going up is assured.  Otherwise not.  In the amount of time it takes
his mind to move from one thought to another, he can reach the
realm of the sun.  The sun is the gateway to Brahmaloka.  Those
who know the meaning of Om and think of it at the time of death
enter Brahmaloka but those who are ignorant of it have no chance
of entering.

6. There is a verse about this.  There are a hundred and one arteries
connected with the Heart.  One of them goes up to the top of the head,  A person who goes up following this artery attains immortality.  The other arteries go in different directions and cause
one to depart from the body in other ways.

[Bhagavan Ramana also says about this in ULLadu Narpadu -
Supplement.  The arteries here are nadis, invisible minute nerves.]

Arunachala Siva.