When a conch is blown or when a lute is played, you cannot distinguish its various particular notes, but they are included in the general note of the conch or the lute, or any kind of musical instrument. The notes of the conch or lute have no existence apart from the general note of the conch or the lute. Even so, nothing particular is perceived apart from the Pure, Intelligent Self. A drum, a conch, or a lute have distinct general and particular notes of their own, which are included in the sound in general. Similarly, all objects are unified in the Absolute or Brahman as the varieties of genus and particulars are not different from It.
Q1. What is taken from Brihadaranyaka
Brihadaranyaka Upanishads is the great forest
of knowledge, as its name suggests. One can find everything there, as one finds
in a forest. This Upaniṣhad, particularly, is never
studied by students, nor is it taught by tutors, because of its complicated structure,
difficult to grasp, and not safe also to communicate if its import is not
Q2. What is the ultimate reality according to
The Upaniṣhads are embodiments of different
types of contemplation on Ultimate Truth, and so is the Brihadaranyaka Upaniṣhad. The beginning of the
is a contemplation of the inward meaning of a great sacrifice described in the Brāhmaṇas,
known as Aśvamedha Yajña. It is an
external performance of a religious character for the purpose of achieving
higher results in the form of celestial enjoyment, etc., but, the Upaniṣhad tells us that the
proper approach to the aims of human life, such as ultimate satisfaction,
delight, etc., need not be the method of the Brāhmaṇas,
which is only symbolic, and there should be a technique more affiliated to the
nature of Reality than is the external action of the Brāhmaṇas.
Q3. How many kandas are there in
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is divided into three
Kandas: Madhu Kanda, Yajnjavalkya Kanda and Khila Kanda.
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