Origin and Return

Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad�5�by Swami Nirmalananda Giri �The Imperishable is the Real. As sparks innumerable fly upward from a blazing fire, so from the depths of the Imperishable arise all things. To the depths of the Imperishable they in turn descend.� (Mundaka Upanishad 2:1:1) This is a spectacular simile�mostly because it happens to be […]

Getting in Perspective

Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad�4�by Swami Nirmalananda Giri Many things are needed in life, but none more important than an overview, a perspective on the values of life. This is true for everyone, so the sage now speaks of it in a spiritual context. �Let a man devoted to spiritual life examine carefully the ephemeral […]

Wisdom and Truth

The wise Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad�3�by Swami Nirmalananda Giri No one likes to be thought stupid, and all like to be thought intelligent. Even better is it to be thought wise. Of course, in all ages there have been the fools that preferred to be �cool� or �sharp� or �neat� or such idiotic expressions. […]

Delusion and Ignorance

Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad�2�by Swami Nirmalananda Giri We usually think of delusion and ignorance in terms of �ordinary� life and its situations. Those who are more occupied with �spiritual� matters assume that they are beyond such, but Angiras thinks differently, and so should we. �Finite and transient are the fruits of sacrificial rites. The […]

Knowing the ALL

Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad�1�by Swami Nirmalananda Giri It is an interesting trait of the Western mind that it wants encapsulations of things, lists of �essentials,� advice on �shortcuts,� and �what is the one thing?�� in every department of life and thought. Whether this is a desire for efficiency or a form of intellectual minimalism […]