Mystical peace mantra of Upanishads

Acharya Prashant
6 min readMar 31, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: Sir, Namaste! Clearly, the opening of the Upaniṣad itself is mysterious. Kindly say something.

Acharya Prashant: You can call it mystery or you can call it an exalted, bold, uninhibited expression of your deepest desire.

Who is the one going to this verse? To whom are these verses addressed?

This question is very important otherwise, the verses would never disclose their meaning.

The word Upaniṣad itself means ‘the event that happens in nearness, proximity.’ That which happens when there is intimacy is called a ‘Upaniṣad’.

Who is the one seeking intimacy and with whom?

‘It is the mind.’ You could call it the ‘man’, the ‘woman’, the ‘person’ but to be more precise it is the mind that is seeking knowledge, relief, peace, light. It is the mind that stands to receive all these verses; this knowledge. So, these verses are addressed to the mind. The mind is seeking the nearness of Freedom or Clarity or Truth.

The phenomenon, the happening in which the mind is coming close to the Truth is called a ‘Upaniṣad’.

So, in the world of the mind, there always is discontent, dissatisfaction — A continuous lack of fulfillment is the mind. For the mind there never is fullness and then here to the mind is being said, “This is full, that is full.” Now, this is totally against the principle of the mind, the experience of the mind. It is totally something new because the mind has never seen such a thing happening, “This is full, that is full.” The mind says, “But I have never seen any fullness.”

But the words are coming from an authority, the words are coming from the Teacher, so, the mind has to listen, the mind has to receive. And the mind is being told, “This is full, that is full”. It is something very novel; something very path-breaking; something extremely out of the mind’s box.

First of all, fullness is a stranger to the mind. Secondly, all-pervasive fullness is not even imaginable. At most the mind can come to agree that something has attained a bit of fullness. But here what is being said is that “everything is full.” When it is…