On Mundaka Upanishad: Where you miss Him is where you will find Him

Acharya Prashant
24 min readMar 8, 2022

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

मनोमयः प्राणशरीरनेता प्रतिष्ठितोऽन्ने हृदयं सन्निधाय ।
तद्विज्ञानेन परिपश्यन्ति धीरा आनन्दरूपममृतं यद् विभाति ॥

manomayaḥ prāṇaśarīranetā pratiṣṭhito’nne hṛdayaṃ sannidhāya
tadvijñānena paripaśyanti dhīrā ānandarūpamamṛtaṃ yad vibhāti

The mental being, leader of the life and the body, has set the heart in matter, in matter He has taken His firm foundation. By its knowing the wise see everywhere around them That which shines in its effulgence, a shape of bliss and immortal.

~ Verse 2.2.8

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Acharya Prashant (AP): “The mental being,” manomaya, “leader of life and body,” prāṇaśarīranetā, “has set the heart in matter,” pratiṣṭhito’nne hṛdayaṃ sannidhāya, “in matter He has taken His firm foundation.”

To the living being, the jīva, the disciple, the one to whom all the revelations are addressed, the Supreme Being makes Himself felt as the mind.

It is your mind that craves for the Truth; it is your mind that desperately wants to avoid the Truth.

It is your mind that embraces the false; it is your mind that drops the false.

It is your mind that leads the body and the entire life in various directions, some leading directly to the Truth, and some leading very, very indirectly to the Truth.

The mind is both: that which separates us from who we really are, and that which drives us towards our reality. In the mind is the prāṇaśarīranetā. As is the disposition of the mind, so is the direction of life. The mind can be disposed towards or away from the Truth.

“He has set the heart in matter.”

Now, this is very, very interesting. The verse opens with manomaya, and all that the mind can directly perceive or experience…

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