|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Now we close the Chapter with another beautiful extract about this Upanishad.
The Ethics of the Isha
“One of the main features of the Isha Upanishad, is the ethical advice it offers and it is interesting to note that, the ethics of the Upanishad are definitely based upon the metaphysical position, given in it. The very opening words of the Upanishad tell us that, God pervades everything. As a corollary, from this metaphysical position, the ethical advice it offers is that, a man ought to enjoy whatever God bestows on him in the firm belief, that, as He pervades everything, whatever is bestowed on him by God must be good. It follows naturally that, the Upanishad forbids us from coveting another man’s property. In fact, we are fittingly taught here a lesson of contentment with one’s own lot in the belief that, whatever happens, is divinely ordained and hence, it is good for us.
Another moral advice is that, man must spend his life-time always in doing action, specifically the Karmas enjoined in the Shastras, with resignation to His will. Inactivity, according to this Upanishad, would be the canker of the soul. It is only when a man spends his life-time on doing actions in this manner that, he can hope to attain the ideal of Naishkarmya.
Finally, the text goes on to say that a man, who sees all beings in the Self and sees the Self as existing in all beings in fact, for whom all beings and everything that exists have become the Self – how can such a man suffer from infatuation? What ground would such a man have for grief? Loathfulness, infatuation and grief verily proceed from our not being able to see the Atma in all things. But, a man who realizes the oneness of all things, for whom everything has become the Self must ipso facto, cease to be affected by the common foibles of humanity.”
(Page 169-170 of The Creative Period by Messrs. Belvalkar and Ranade).
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XX)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||