Now one who perceives that all living beings are actually within the Atman and that the Atman is present in all living beings will he never despises anyone
Yas tu sarvani bhutany atmany evanupashyati sarva-bhuteshu chatmanam tato na vijugupsate
– Isa Upanishad
I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break and wish you all the very best in 2013. I selected a verse from this Upanishad as it almost universally regarded by the acharyas as being one of the most important works in establishing the metaphysical doctrines of Hindu Dharma. This is the highest of ideals and resolutions for us to aim for. By realising that the Atman is within all living beings and all living beings are in the Atman we lose our false sense of ego and see ourselves as including others. I truly believe that the Hindu scriptures and philosophies if realised at the highest levels can provide the basis for the Dharmic social changes that we all hope to see in the world.
Wishing you well,