- From the visible, we can deduce its invisible cause.
- From the study of fruit, we try to infer the nature of the roots of the tree that bore that fruit.
- In the same way, tracing from our knowledge of material world that we perceive through our senses, we try to determine the nature of Brahma, the causal origin of existence.
- The Eternal Pipal Tree with its roots in the heaven and branches in the material world is Brahma, the purest light and nectar for immortal life. All the dimensions are within its confines and nothing can transcend it.
(Question) The knowledge of Brahma delivers us free from the fear of death. Though it is the substratum of all apparent reality, it cannot be perceived through the senses, therefore it does not exist. It follows that the whole material world has been created out of nothing.
(Answer) It is not so. The entire material world emanates and exists within Bramha. The universe obeys Brahma just as fearful people do before the mightiest weapon which is ready to strike. People who know this fact transcend the cycle of birth and death.
(Question) Moved by the fear of Almighty Brahma, how does the world conduct itself?
(Answer) Frightened by Brahma, sun and fire emanate heat, Indra sends rain & breeze and death follows set rules.
- Attaining knowledge of Brahma before death makes one free from the fretters of mortality. If it does not so happen, one continues to acquire different bodies in the transient worlds.It is so because Brahma is pristinely reflected in human body just as a face is seen clearly in a mirror. This clarity of experience is well neigh impossible in any other world except in the kingdom of Brahma itself.
- Uncontaminated human intelligence can perceive Brahma just like reflection in a mirror.
- Brahma appears like a dream in land of ancestors where we go after death.
- It appears like a reflection in water in land of gods.
- But in the land of Brahma, it as clear as light and shadow (as actual object).
(a continued translation of Kathopanishad)