That Invisible One

The student inquires: “Who makes my mind think? 

Who fills my body with vanity?

Who causes my tongue to speak?

Who is that Invisible One who sees through my eyes

And hears through my ears?” 

 

The teacher replies: “The Self is the ear of the ear,

The eye of the eye, the mind of the mind,

The word of the words, and the life of life.

Rising above the senses and the mind

And renouncing separate existence,

The wise realize the deathless Self.

 

“Him our eyes cannot see, nor words express;

He cannot be grasped even by our mind.

We do not know, we cannot understand,

Because he is different from the known 

And he is different from the unknown.

Thus have we heard from the illuminated ones*.

 

“That which makes the tongue speak, but cannot be Spoken by the tongue, know that as the Self.

This Self is not someone other than you.”

 

“That which makes the mind think, but cannot be

Thought by the mind, that is the Self indeed.

This Self is not someone other than you.

 

“That which makes the eye see, but cannot be 

Seen by the eye, that is the Self indeed.

This Self is not someone other than you.

 

“That which makes the ear hear, but cannot be 

Heard by the ear, that is the Self indeed.

This Self is not someone other than you.

 

“That which makes you draw breath, but cannot be 

Drawn by your breath, that is the Self indeed.

This Self is not someone other than you.”

 

~ Kena Upanishad

 

Like the Shevetashvatara Upanishad, the Kena opens with a series of questions on the name of reality (kena means “by whom,” the first word of the text). Here, however, the inquiry is not directed outward to the cause of the cosmos but inward to the source of consciousness itself. Yet the conclusion is the same: Kena, “The Self is hidden in the hearts of all.” In the Upanishads, all roads lead to the Self, the divine core of consciousness.

~ Translated by Eknath Easwaran in The Upanishads (Niligiri Press, 1987) 

 

* Please note the reference to the illuminated ones, meaning the real spiritually wise ones. Not these maniacs destroying this world. They even steal this term. Everything is inverted by them.

The Upanishads were created from the teachings from the twelve year intense apprenticeships of the devotees trained deep within the Indian forests.

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