Please Note : The use of the word Brahman is not intended to be partisan. It is not a ‘religious’ word in these documents, nor intended to be particular to one narrow creed. Substitute the word Absolute or Source or Truth or God or ”The Reality Behind All Things” or Void or Oneness or the Underlying Quantum Unknown or the Big Kahuna or the Unknowable, or whatever works for you that makes you not reject words of wisdom that seem to be set in a culture which is alien to the one you happen to have been born in. The Upanishads are primordial philosophy ~ they are universal.
Who sets the mind to wander afar?
Who first drives life to start on its journey?
Who impels us to utter these words?
Who is the Spirit behind the eye and the ear?
It is the ear of the ear, the eye of the eye, and the Word of words, the mind of mind and the life of life. Those who follow wisdom pass beyond, and, on leaving this world, become immortal.
There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not, we cannot understand, how he can be explained: He is above the known and he is above the unknown. Thus have we heard from the ancient sages who explained this truth to us.
What cannot be spoken with words, but that whereby words are spoken: know that alone to be Brahman, the Spirit; and not what people here adore.
What cannot be seen with the eye, but that whereby the eye can see: Know that alone to be Brahman, the Spirit; and not what people here adore.
What cannot be heard by the ear, but that whereby the ear can hear: Know that alone to be Brahman, the Spirit; and not what people here adore.
What cannot be indrawn with breath, but that whereby breath is indrawn: Know that alone to be Brahman, the Spirit; and not what people here adore.