Author Topic: CHAPTER 5 - SECTION 3  (Read 393 times)


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« on: April 06, 2019, 04:14:44 PM »
It has just been said that Prajapati instructs. Now who is this instructor, Prajapati?
This is being answered: This is Prajapati. Who? This heart, i.e. the intellect, which has its seat in the heart. That heart in which, at the end of the section relating to Sakalya (III. ix.), name, form and work have been stated to merge by way of the divisions of the quarters, which resides in all beings and is identified with them all, is Prajapati, the projector of all beings. It is Brahman, being vast and identified with all. It is everything. It has been stated in the third chapter that the intellect is everything. Since it is everything, the intellect that is Brahman should be meditated upon.

Now, first of all, meditation on the syllables of the name ‘Hrdaya’ is being described. The name ‘Hrdaya’ has three syllables. Which are they --- ‘Hr’ is one syllable. To him, this sage, who knows as above, knows that ‘Hr’ is the same as the root ‘Hr’ meaning ‘to bring’, his own people, relatives, and others not related to him bring presents. This last word must be supplied to complete the sentence. Because the organs, which are a part of the intellect (its ‘own’), and the objects, sound etc., which are not so related to it (‘others’), bring their respective functions as offerings to the intellect that is Brahman, which in its turn passes them on to the Self, therefore he who knows that ‘Hr’ is a syllable of the name ‘Hrdaya’ also receives presents. This result is in accordance with the meditation. Similarly ‘Da’ too is another syllable. This too is a form of the root ‘Da,’ meaning ‘to give,’ inserted in the name ‘Hrdaya’ as one of its syllables. Here also, to him who knows as above, knows that because the organs, which are a part of the intellect, and the objects, which are not so related to it, give their respective powers to the intellect that is Brahman, which too gives its own power to the Self, therefore the syllable is called ‘Da’, his own people and others give their powers. Similarly ‘Ya’ too is another syllable. He who knows as above, that the form ‘Ya,’ derived from the root ‘In,’ meaning, to go, has been inserted in this name, goes to heaven. Thus one gets such conspicuous results from the meditation even on the syllables of its name; what should one say of the meditation on the reality of the heart itself? Thus the introduction of the syllables of its names is for the purpose of eulogising the heart (intellect).