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    The Supreme Doctrine



    The Supreme Doctrine



    CHAPTER 1

    Toward the Awakening
    8 July 1973 pm in Mt Abu Meditation Camp


    INVOCATION
    AUM, MAY BRAHMAN PROTECT US BOTH. MAY HE NOURISH US BOTH. MAY WE BOTH
    ACHIEVE ENERGY. MAY THIS STUDY MAKE US BOTH ILLUMINED. MAY WE NEVER HATE
    EACH OTHER.
    AUM, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE.
    AUM, MAY MY LIMBS BECOME STRONG. ALSO, LET MY SPEECH, PRANA – VITAL AIR –
    SIGHT, HEARING, AND ALL THE SENSE ORGANS, BE VIGOROUS. THE ENTIRE EXISTENCE
    IS THE BRAHMAN OF THE UPANISHADS. MAY I NEVER DENY BRAHMAN; MAY BRAHMAN
    NOT DENY ME. LET THERE BE NO DENIAL AT ALL. LET THERE BE NO DENIAL AT LEAST ON
    MY PART. WHATEVER VIRTUES ARE IN THE UPANISHADS, MAY THEY ABIDE IN I WHO AM
    DEVOTED TO THE ATMAN – SELF. MAY THEY ABIDE IN ME.
    AUM, PEACE, PEACE, PEACE.

    I do not know where to begin or where to end, because life itself is beginningless and endless. Like
    these hills around you or the clouds wandering above you, or like the sky, you are also beginningless
    and endless. Nothing ever begins or ends, and that which can have a beginning or an end is bound
    to be artificial. Nature remains, abides; it is always there.

    So whenever a question arises of talking about the ultimate, the supreme, the innermost, the very
    ground of being, it becomes difficult to know where to begin and where to end because it is alwaysthere, it has always been so and it will always be so. There has never been a beginning to it and never will there be an end. So I will begin just in the middle because that is the only possible place to begin, and I will end just in the middle because there is no other way to end it.

    The first thing I would like to say to you is that I have chosen this Upanishad not to comment upon
    it. Commentaries are already too many and they have not helped anyone. They may have harmed
    many, they may have become hindrances to many, but they have not helped anyone. Commentaries
    cannot help because commentaries are second rate. I am not going to comment on this Upanishad,
    rather, on the contrary, I am going to respond to it. I will just echo and re-echo.

    Really, whatsoever I say will belong basically to me. The Upanishad is just an excuse. Through it I
    will explain myself – remember this. Whatsoever I have felt, whatsoever I have known and lived, I
    would like to talk about it. I feel the same has been the case with the seers of the Upanishads. They
    have known, they have lived, they have experienced the same truth. Their ways of expression may
    be different – their language is very ancient; it has to be decoded again so that it becomes available
    to you, to the contemporary mind. But whatsoever they have said, they have said the basic thing.

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