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Isha Upanisad: Peace-Invocation
|by Dr. R. K. Lahri|
Om Purna-madah purna-midam purnat purnam udacyate
Fullness in reality is Brahman
The American poet Annie Sexton speaks the same in a different note, says,
Then the well spoke to me
Isha represents the “I” or the Energy and Sha stands for completeness or fullness. Thus Isha symbolises full silence. Silence rules all over. This is how the invocation commences with fullness or That is Full. The fullness is being invoked here. It is a state of full awareness and not at all concerned with states of waking, sleeping and dreaming.
The common man in everyday life observes a different pattern. He understands that if something is taken out of some other thing, there arises a cause and this cause is responsible for a change to create an effort. A tree grows out of a seed but the seed has to change and fructify in order to come out with plant, flowers and fruits. This is cause- effect theory. Cause is the seed and effect is the growing tree.
Truth exists and there exists nothing but Truth. Truth is all in all and is all-pervading, the Prime Cause, the First Cause. In the Vedic tradition, every definition in this regard proceeds from effect to cause. God is the effective cause; S/he is cause of all causes and the Primary Cause, the Material and the efficient cause. The personality of Godhead is complete and perfect. As S/he is totally complete, everything emanates from Him/Her and as such the phenomenal worlds are perfectly equipped as complete. It remains a complete whole. Whatever comes out of it also remains as a complete whole and the complete whole remains as such all complete in Itself. The world we see with our eyes and senses is simply a very small part of Totality. It is not complete without the Total and individual count. It is this totality that permeates the whole universe. The seer addresses It as Energy, Consciousness. It has no physical form. Everything is permeated by It and nothing permeates It.
In Vedic tradition, a pure prayer means complete dedication and total surrender to the Omnipotent God. It is possible only when the ego of self is raised to merge with the greater Ego of Eternity. The soul so exalted realises that all sentient beings are one in relation to Pure Awareness - all beings are part of the same whole, the one whole. Then how come that grief may befall on them! So after every prayer or invocation, there is a systematically adopted tendency to call for peace thrice; peace being our essential nature and akin to happiness and Bliss.
We call for peace thrice - peace from all possible sources of obstacles:
1- Adhibhautic (worldly afflictions)
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