1. Then Saivya Satyakama asked him: 'Sir, if some one
among men should meditate here until death on the syllable
Om, what would he obtain by it?'
He replied: 'O Satyakama, the syllable Om (AUM) is the
highest and also the other Brahman; therefore he who
knows it arrives by the same means at one of the two.
If he meditate on one Matra (the A), then, being enlightened
by that only, he arrives quickly at the earth. The Rik-verses
lead him to the world of men, and being endowed there
with penance, abstinence, and faith, he enjoys greatness.
If he meditate with two Matras (A + U) he arrives at
the Manas 5, and is led up by the Yagusverses to the
sky, to the Soma-world. Having enjoyed greatness in
the Soma-world, he returns again.
Again, he who meditates with this syllable AUM of three
matras, on the Highest Person, he comes to light and
to the sun. And as a snake is freed from its skin, so
is he freed from evil. He is led up by the Saman-verses
to the Brahma-world; and from him, full of life (Hiranyagarbha,
the lord of the Satya-loka), he learns to see the all-pervading,
the Highest Person. And there are these two Slokas:
The three Matras (A+U+M), if employed separate, and
only joined one to another, are mortal; but in acts,
external, internal, or intermediate, if well performed,
the sage trembles not.
Through the Rik-verses he arrives at this world, through
the Yagus-verses at the sky, through the Saman-verses
at that which the poets teach,-he arrives at this by
means of the Onkara; the wise arrives at that which
is at rest, free from decay, from death, from fear,-the