On Mundaka Upanishad: You and the body

Acharya Prashant
18 min readFeb 16, 2022

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

एतस्माज्जायते प्रणो मनः सर्वेन्द्रियाणि च ।
खं वायुर्ज्योतिरापः पृथिवी विश्वस्य धारिणी ॥

etasmājjāyate praṇo manaḥ sarvendriyāṇi ca
khaṃ vāyurjyotirāpaḥ pṛthivī viśvasya dhāriṇī

Life and mind and the senses are born from Him, and the sky and the wind and light and the waters and earth upholding all that is.

~ Verse 2.1.3

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Acharya Prashant (AP): We are two. And there are always two ways to look at our existence. One is to look at our physical body and say that we are purely physical, material. Who am I? (Pointing at the body) This. The other way is to see that you are probably not the body, rather you are with a body or you have a body. Don’t you say my body? You don’t say my body.

Out of these two ways, the first way is more common, more straightforward, and easier to take.

This duality in our existence is the fundamental reason behind all human suffering. On one hand, there is this pre-programmed body…