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David

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Re: No need to pacify the mind
« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2008, 05:30:31 PM »
Dear David,

Your post.  Brahadarnyaka Upanishad says that mind is the
eye, it is the ear, etc., only to take the disciple towards the
path.  It is a typical Hindu way of writing to point you that
these are all "neti neti, not this, not this" towards the end.
For example, when one young boy is living in a mid-country,
with seas far away, (like central Africa and not England) and if he
asks his father, "How is ocean?'.  The father should show him
a well first, a tank next and a river next and ultimately say
Not this, not this.  The ocean is still bigger.  Finally, when he
takes his son to the ocean, past Madgasgar, there is no need
for any comparsion.  He sees; he understands.  Seeing is
believing.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Subramanian,
Thank you for this. I think for many years I have fallen into an error of understanding. Yeats version of the Brihad Upanishad says: " When he is breathing, they ( the ignorant) name Him breath; when speaking, they ( the ignorant) name Him speech; when seeing they name Him eye; when hearing they name Him ear; when thinking they name Him mind." It is hard to explain what my error has been, but there has been a confusion as to who "they" are. The brackets above are mine ( as it were), not Yeat's. To say that Brahman breaths or sees or thinks at one level seems absurd and yet there is obviously breath and sight and thought. I am not that breath, sight or thought - neti, neti- so who am I? The analogy of the boy and the ocean is very helpful indeed; not this, not this.
It leaves the questions: what is breath? What is sight? What is mind? Is this just maya? If so, how to wake up?
Thank you,
David