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He asks, ‘which desire of yours shall I sing?’,

Because this one who, having this knowledge,

sings the Sama, sings the Sama,

he is certainly able to fulfill desires by singing.

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Chandogya Upanishad 1.8.9

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This is a sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad describing the efficacy of the Yagna, the fire sacrifice. Sama are certain hymns sung during the performance of this Yagna. Here the priest singing the Sama is said to be able to manifest whatever the desire of the person holding the Yagna.

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The infinite is where one does not see anything else,

does not hear anything else

and does not understand anything else.

Hence the finite is where one sees something else,

hears something else,

and understands something else.

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Ch 7.24.1

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This is a very important sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad. Here we see a vital definition of the difference between the Real, which is the infinite, and the unreal, or the world, which is finite. There is no differentiation in the Real, and hence one does not see anything, or hear, understand, etc. All these can occur only when there is differentiation, and this occurs only at the level of the finite, the world.

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Let thy mind with the mind, let thy breath with the breath (of the gods be united).
Be this offering rich in ghee pleasing to the gods; hail!
May Indra’s expiration be set in every limb;
May Indra’s inspiration be in every limb.
O god Tvastr, let mind be united for thee,
When ye that are various become of one form

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Sama Veda 1.3.10

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This is a sutra from the Sama Veda, invoking the Gods at the sacrificial fire, the Yagna and asking for their blessings. The sacrificer is called upon by the priests, the Sama, to become one with the Gods, to become one in mind and breat.

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O thou who art the nourisher,

the solitary traveler, the controller,

the acquirer, the son of Prajapati,

do remove thy rays,

do gather up thy dazzle.

I shall behold by thy grace that form of thine

which is most benign.

I am that very person

who is yonder in the sun.

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Isa Upanishad 16

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This is a very important sutra from the Isa Upanishad. Here the sun is extolled and the ultimate truth of Advaita Vedanta is laid out, by saying that that which is at the root of the sun is that which is at the root of our ‘I’. It is this root that we strive to realize.

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Thou art the dark-blue bee;

Thou art the green parrot with red eyes;

Thou art the thunder-cloud, the seasons, and the seas.

Thou art beginningless and all-pervading.

From thee all the worlds are born.

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Svetasvatara Upanishad 4.4

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This is a sutra from the Svetasvatara Upanishad describing the omnipresence of Brahman. It is Brahman itself which appears as all these myriad creatures at different times and different places.

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That great, birthless self is undecaying, immortal, undying,

fearless and infinite.

Brahman is indeed fearless.

He who knows it as such

certainly becomes the fearless Brahman.

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Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. 4.4.25

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This is a sutra from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad extolling Brahman, the Oneness. Brahman here is described in its nature as immortal, infinite, etc. Fearless here signifies the quality of all powerful, only that which has infinite power is truly fearless. We can all have this infinite power if we ‘know’ or realize Brahman.

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Even while lying in the womb,

I came to know the birth of all the gods.

A hundred iron citadels held me down.

Then, like a hawk, I forced my way through

by dint of the knowledge of the Self.

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Aitareya Upanishad 2.1.5

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This is a sutra from the Aiteraya Upanishad extolling the supreme power that can be possessed through knowledge of the Self. Without this knowledge, a person is powerless, but once the Self is known, no one can hold him or her back.

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