Tejabindu Upanishad

The Tejabindu Upanishad

Translations

1. Let us meditate on the shining Self,
Changeless, underlying the world of change,
And realized in the heart in samadhi (adoration or union with the inner god).

2. Hard to reach is the supreme goal of life.
Hard to describe and hard to abide in.
3. They alone attain samadhi who have
Mastered their senses and are free from anger,
Free from self-will and from likes and dislikes,
Without selfish bonds to people and things.

4. They alone attain samahdi who are
Prepared to face challenge after challenge
In the three stages of meditation.
Under an illumined teacher's guidance
They become united with the Lord of Love,
5-6. Called Vishnu, who is present everywhere.
Though the three gunas (qualities) emanate from him,
He is infinite and invisible.
Though all the galaxies emerge from him,
He is without form and unconditioned.

To be united with the Lord of Love
Is to be freed from all conditioning.
This is the state of Self-realization,
Far beyond the reach of words and thoughts.

To be united with the Lord of love,
Imperishable, changeless, beyond cause
And effect, is to find infinite joy.
Brahman (the infinite One) is beyond all duality,
Beyond the reach of thinker and of thought.

Let us meditate on the shining Self,
The ultimate reality, who is
Realized by the sages in samadhi.

Brahman cannot be realized by those
Who are subject to greed, fear, and anger.
Brahman cannot be realized by those
Who are subject to the pride of name and fame
Or to the vanity of scholarship.
Brahman cannot be realized by those
Who are enmeshed in life's duality.

But to those who pierce this duality,
Whose hearts are given to the Lord of Love,
He gives himself through his infinite grace;
He gives himself through his infinite grace.
O M shanti shanti shanti

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