Who am I? What am I? Why am i so void? These are all the questions that continuously ponders my heart, my mind and my being and standing in front of the mighty Mountains the questions were continuously hard hitting my mind.
From childhood i was told that i was born as a Brahman!
But what is becoming a Brahman? Who is Brahman?
I open up the book of Upanishads. The Upanishads are part of Vedanta or the last part of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism created between 1500–1000 BCE. And what i read is not startling but grows my curiosity. Curiosity to relate with me and the Nature around me.
I start to understand that Brahman (lit. brih - 'to grow, to expand' also 'the greatest') is God. The sanskrit name for God is Sat-Chit-Ananda = Sat (Existence), Chit (Consciousness), Ananda (Bliss). Brahman is Sat-Chit-Ananda in many different forms and God the formless (Existence, Consciousness and Bliss). Brahman is the Universal Spirit; the Ultimate Reality, Pure Consciousness; the One existence; the Absolute; "the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world", which "cannot be exactly defined". The instructions regarding Brahman were often given in short formulas also known as Upanishads. "Its secret name (Upanishad) is Satyasya Satyam, 'the Truth of truth.' [Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.1.20] "Now, therefore, the instruction [about Brahman]: Neti, neti — Not this, not this". Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.6.
The ultimate Brahman is devoid of attributes. The entire phenomenal universe is subject to the categories of space, time, and causation; but Brahman, the Supreme Reality, is beyond. In contrast with phenomenal objects, Brahman is not in space but is spaceless. Brahman is not in time but is timeless. Brahman is not subject to causality but independent of the causal chain. "That which is not destroyed when the upadhis of time, space, and causation are destroyed, is Brahman, the immortal Reality."
In describing Brahman as omnipresent, all-pervading, unlimited, infinitely great and infinitely small, the Upanishads only point out that It is absolutely spaceless.
With it i try to relate to my existence. My continuous discomfort of being a traveller, without limiting to spaces and belongings. A formless, shapeless void that continuously makes me walk away to the vast emptiness without any fear or desire.
A life without a want or glory. A life without all pervading comfort of living and material....
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Place : Mountains of Ratangiri, Maharashtra. India.