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  CLASSICS
 

Isa Upanishad
Translated by F. Max Müller

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VERSES 1-9


1. All this, whatsoever moves on earth, is to be hidden in the Lord (the Self). When thou hast surrendered all this, then thou mayest enjoy. Do not covet the wealth of any man!

 

In a more literal translation, the first sentence goes:

"By the Lord this whole world is to be dwelt in."

This Upanishad takes its name from the first word of this sentence, Isa, meaning "by the Lord."

 

 

   

2. Though a man may wish to live a hundred years, performing works, it will be thus with him; but not in any other way: work will thus not cling to a man.

 

 

 

 

   

3. There are the worlds of the Asuras covered with blind darkness. Those who have destroyed their self (who perform works, without having arrived at a knowledge of the true Self), go after death to those worlds.

 

 

 

 

   

4. That one (the Self), though never stirring, is swifter than thought. The Devas (senses) never reached it, it walked before them. Though standing still, it overtakes the others who are running. Matarisvan (the wind, the moving spirit) bestows powers on it.

 

 

 

 

   

5. It stirs and it stirs not; it is far, and likewise near. It is inside of all this, and it is outside of all this.

 

 

 

 

   

6. And he who beholds all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, he never turns away from it.

 

 

 

 

   

7. When to a man who understands, the Self has become all things, what sorrow, what trouble can there be to him who once beheld that unity?

 

 

 

 

   

8. He (the Self) encircled all, bright, incorporeal, scatheless, without muscles, pure, untouched by evil ; a seer, wise, omnipresent, self-existent, he disposed all things rightly for eternal years.

 

 

 

 

   

9. All who worship what is not real knowledge (good works), enter into blind darkness : those who delight in real knowledge, enter, as it were, into greater darkness.

 

 

 

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