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Chapter 13: Make It Your Only Longing

This summarizes in essence the whole Mandukya Upanishad. I call the Mandukya Upanishad Philosophia Ultima - the philosophy of the ultimate. It is not an ordinary philosophy concerned with the mundane; it reveals the secrets of the ultimate. Hence you will have to be very, very alert to enter these sutras - these are the last sutras of the Mandukya Upanishad.

This pure self and aum are as one.

By “pure Self” is meant: when there is no content left in your consciousness, when the consciousness is contentless, when it mirrors nothing, when the mirror is left absolutely alone without any reflection. There is no thought, no memory, no desire, no imagination, no expectation - no ripple on the surface of your consciousness. The lake of consciousness is absolutely still, resting in itself. That is called the “pure Self”; you are no more, you are dissolved as an ego entity; you have become part of the whole. The dewdrop has slipped into the ocean; it has become the ocean.

This pure self and aum are as one.

Remember the word as - it is not saying that they are one. Many fools have interpreted it as they are one. That’s why all over this country people are chanting the mantra aum, thinking that they are remembering the ultimate.

It is just like a thirsty man going on chanting the formula H2O. H2O is a formula: it represents exactly the constituents of water, but it is not water. It is as water, but if you are thirsty it won’t help. And we are thirsty for the ultimate. Just chanting the mantra aum is not going to help - this is sheer stupidity!

What Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls Transcendental Meditation is only transcendental stupidity! Certainly it is transcendental - it is no ordinary stupidity, it is very sacred! - but stupidity is stupidity, and when it becomes transcendental it becomes more dangerous, more poisonous.

See the point:

This pure self and aum are as one.

Remember the word as - don’t forget it.

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