Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 19 Oct 2011 15:16 and updated at 19 Oct 2011 15:16


Taittariya 1.4.1,2: The Aum that is the most exalted in the Vedas, that pervades all worlds, and that emerged from the immortal Vedas as their quintessence, may he Aum( that is Indra), the supreme Lord, gratify me with intelligence. O Lord, may I be the receptacle of immortality. May my body be fit; may my tongue be surpassingly sweet; may I hear much through the ears. You are the sheath of Brahman: you are covered by (worldly) wisdom. Protect what I have heard. Then vouchsafe to me who am her (i.e. Prosperity s) own, that Prosperity which brings, increases, and accomplishes quickly for me clothes, cattle, food, and drink for ever, and which is associated with furry and other animals. Svaha. May the Brahmacharins (i.e. students) come to me from all sides. Svaha. May the Brahmacharins come to me in various ways. Svaha. May the Brahmacharins come to me in the proper way. Svaha. May the Brahmacharins have physical self control. Svaha. May the Brahmacharins have mental self control. Svaha.
Taittariya 1.5.3: Maha is Brahman (i.e. Aum), for by Brahman Aum(), indeed, are all the Vedas nourished. Bhuh, indeed, is Prana; Bhuvah is Apana; Suvah is Vyana; Maha is food; for by food, indeed, are all the vital forces nourished. These, then, that are four, are (each) fourfold. The Vyahritis are divided into four groups of four (each). He who knows these knows Brahman. All the gods carry presents to him.
Taittariya 1.8.1: Aum is Brahman. Aum is all this. Aum is well known as a word of imitation (i.e. concurrence). Moreover, they make them recite (to the gods) with the words, Aum, recite (to the gods). They commence singing Samas with Aum. Uttering the words Aum som they recite the Shastras. The (priest) Brahma approves with the word Aum. One permits the performance of the Agnihotra sacrifice with the word Aum. A Brahmana, when about to recite the Vedas utters Aum under the idea, I shall attain Brahman. He does verily attain Brahman.
Taittariya 1.12.1: May Mitra be blissful to us. May Varuna be blissful to us. May Aryaman be blissful to us. May Indra and Brihaspati be blissful to us. May Vishnu, of long strides, be blissful to us. Salutation to Brahman. Salutation to you, O Vayu. You, indeed, are the immediate Brahman. You alone I shall call the direct Brahman. I shall call you righteousness. I shall call you truth. May He protect me. May He protect the teacher. May He protect me. May He protect the teacher. Aum, peace, peace, peace
Taittariya Aum! Peace Peace Peace
Isavasya 1. Aum. All this should be covered by the Lord, whatsoever moves on the Earth. By such a renunciation protect (thyself). Covet not the wealth of others.
Isavasya 17. Let (my) vital air (prana) now attain the immortal Vayu (all pervading Self); then let this body be reduced to ashes. Aum, O mind, remember remember that which has been done, O mind, remember remember that which has been done.
Prashna 5.1: Next, Satyakama, son of Sibi, asked him, O venerable sir, which world does he really win thereby, who among men, intently meditates on Aum in that wonderful way till death To him he said:
Prashna 5.2: O Satyakama, this very Brahman, that is (known as) the inferior and superior, is but this Aum. Therefore the illumined soul attains either of the two through this one means alone.
Prashna 5.3: Should he meditate on Aum as consisting of one letter he becomes enlightened even by that and attains a human birth on the Earth. The Rik mantras lead him to the human birth. Being endued there with self control, continence, and faith he experiences greatness.
Prashna 5.4: Now gain, if he meditates on Aum with the help of the second letter, he becomes identified with the mind. By the Yajur mantras he is lifted to the intermediate space, the world of the Moon. Having experienced greatness in the lunar world, he turns round again.
Prashna 5.5: Again, any one who meditates on the supreme Purusha with the help of this very syllable Aum, as possessed of three letters, becomes unified in the Sun, consisting of light. As a snake becomes freed from its Slough, exactly in a similar way, he becomes freed from sin, and he is lifted up to the world of Brahma Hiranyagarbha() by the Sama mantras. From this total mass of creatures (that Hiranyagarbha is) he sees the supreme Purusha that penetrates every being and is higher than the higher One (viz. Hiranyagarbha). Bearing on this, there occur two verses:
Prashna 5.7: The intelligent know this world that is attainable by the Rik mantras, the intermediate space achievable by the Yajur mantras, and that which is reached by the Sama mantras. The enlightened man attains that (threefold) world through Aum alone; and through Aum as an aid, he reaches that also which is the supreme Reality that is quiet and beyond old age, death and fear.
Mundaka 1.1.1: Aum Brahma, the creator of the Universe and the protector of the world, was the first among the gods to manifest Himself. To His eldest son Atharva He imparted that knowledge of Brahman that is the basis of all knowledge.
Mundaka 2.2.4: Aum is the bow; the soul is the arrow; and Brahman is called its target. It is to be hit by an unerring man. One should become one with It just like an arrow.
Mundaka 2.2.6: Within that (heart) in which are fixed the nerves like the spokes on the hub of a Chariot wheel, moves this aforesaid Self by becoming multiformed. Meditate on the Self thus with the help of Aum. May you be free from hindrances in going to the other shore beyond darkness.
Mandukya 1. All this is the letter Aum. A vivid explanation of this (is begun). All that is past, present, and future is but Aum. Whatever transcends the three periods of time, too, is Aum.
Mandukya 8. That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Aum, and viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the letters, and the letters are the quarters. The letters are a, u and m.
Mandukya 10. Taijasa seated in the dream is u, the second letter (of Aum), owing to the similarity of excellence or intermediate position. He who knows thus verily advances the bounds of his knowledge and becomes equal (to all) and none who is not a knower of Brahman is born in his family.
Mandukya 11. Prajna seated in the state of deep sleep is m, the third letter (of Aum), because of his being the measure or the entity wherein all become absorbed. He who knows thus measures all this and absorbs all.
Mandukya 12. That which is without letters (parts) is the Fourth, beyond apprehension through ordinary means, the cessation of the phenomenal world, the auspicious and the non dual. Thus Aum is certainly the Self. He who knows thus enters the Self by the Self.

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