On Mundaka Upanishad: Truth of things

Acharya Prashant
3 min readFeb 13, 2022

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

तदेतत्सत्यं यथा सुदीप्तात्पावकाद्विस्फुलिङ्गाः सहस्रशः प्रभवन्ते सरूपाः ।
तथाक्षराद्विविधाः सोम्य भावाः प्रजायन्ते तत्र चैवापि यन्ति ॥

tadetatsatyaṃ yathā sudīptātpāvakādvisphuliṅgāḥ sahasraśaḥ prabhavante sarūpāḥ
tathākṣarādvividhāḥ somya bhāvāḥ prajāyante tatra caivāpi yanti

This is that, the truth of things: as from one kindled fire thousands of different sparks are born and all have the same form of fire, so, O fair son, from the Immutable manifold becomings are born and even into that they depart.

~ Verse 2.1.1

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Acharya Prashant: “This is that, the truth of things: as from one kindled fire thousands of different sparks are born and all have the same form of fire, so, O fair son, from the Immutable manifold becomings are born and even into that they depart.”

Just as from one kindled fire thousands of different sparks arise, similarly from that one Truth called Brahman manifold becomings are born, and into that one Truth all the manifold becomings depart, unbecome. From the Immutable come all things that mutate, and all things that mutate ultimately perish into the Immutable. That is the truth of things, says the verse. That is the truth of things.

From the Truth we come, into the Truth we go; from the Immutable we come, into the Immutable we go, and in between there is the game of time. Between timelessness and timelessness flows the stream of time. It is a very peculiar stream. It arises from timelessness and ends in timelessness; comes from, you could say, nowhere, ends into nowhere, and in between there is so much commotion. Between no happening and no happening everything happens.

Somebody once asked a wise man, “Where do we come from? What do we disappear into?” They were talking in the night and there was a lamp by their…

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