Originally posted by vishvahetu
Heres another take on that verese from Mundaka Upanishad :
And your probably aware that there are impersonal and personal translations of all Vedic literature.
3.1 There are two birds sitting on the tree of the body. One of them is trying to eat the fruits of the tree, and the other is just watching. The first bird is suffering, but when he turns ed by knowledge can see Him. A successful knower of the Supreme has all his desires fulfilled.
As I see it, both impersonal and personal translations would hold.
To me it is a wonderful, truly inspired passage and full of light.
Reading the qualities of this Self;
"...Source of creation,
In all creatures...,
Everywhere, shining forth from all beings...,
Vaster than the vast...,
Subtler than the most subtle...,
Unreachable, yet nearer than breath, than heartbeat...,
Eye cannot see it...,
ear cannot hear it
nor tongue utter it...,
The formless truth..."
I am left feeling the insufficiency of our poor words and arguing concepts to describe this Source of Light, and that it is more important to seek to know Such in our heart.
I have looked at both "Self" concepts and "Non-Self ["Voidal"] understanding and when sages and teachers of both understandings begin to actually describe their conceptions of this Self/Non-Self Source of All, they begin to sound so similar. I have seen scholarly articles from both sides saying the same.
Self/Non-Self is a duality anyway. I think we must humbly accept that we can never describe in full the Ineffable Source of All, referred to in many ways.
This is one of my favorite pieces of sacred writing from a true teacher/buddha/guru....
Thanks Vish, for another translation.