The Mandukya Upanishad is one among the ten Principal Upanishads. This Upanishad imparts the knowledge of the Self by delineating the four state of consciousness, viz., Vaisvanara, Taijasa, Prajna, and Turiya. The Self identical with the fourth state of consciousness (Turiya).
This Upanished recommends constant practice of Pranava Upasana for realization of the Self. Syllable Aum is to be meditated as identical with the Self. Four letter of Pranava are identical with the four state of consciousness. The first letter ‘A’ (Akara) is identical with Vaisvanara, the second letter ‘U’ (Ukara) is identical with Taijasa, the third letter ‘M’ is identical with Prajna and the fourth letter Amatra (soundless) is identical with Turiya. The one, who meditates thus through proper discipline, realizes the two great utterances of this Upanishad, viz., All this is verily Brahman” and This Self is Brahman” According to this Upanishad non-reality.
This book presents the philosophy of the Mandukya Upanishad in the context of modern age.
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