Peace Chant

 Peace Chant from:  Isa-Upanishad


OM!  That (the Invisible-Absolute) is whole; whole is this (the

visible phenomenal); from the Invisible Whole comes forth the

visible whole.  Though the visible whole has come out from that

Invisible Whole, yet the Whole remains unaltered.


The indefinite term “That” is used in the Upanishads to designate the

Invisible-Absolute, because no word or name can fully define It.  A finite

object, like a table or a tree, can be defined; but God, who is infinite and

unbounded, cannot be expressed by finite language.  Therefore the Rishis or Divine Seers, desirous not to limit the Unlimited, chose the indefinite term “That” to designate the Absolute.

In the light of true wisdom the phenomenal and the Absolute are inseparable.

All existence is in the Absolute; and whatever exists, must exist in It; hence all manifestation is merely a modification of the One Supreme Whole, and neither increases nor diminishes It.  The Whole therefore remains unaltered.

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The Upanishads translated by Swami Paramananda

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