This is myself within the heart, smaller than a grain of rice, than a barley corn, than a mustard seed, than a grain of millet or a kernel of a grain of millet. This is myself, within the heart, greater than the earth, greater than the atmosphere, greater than the sky, greater than all worlds.

– Chandogya Upanishad

Sarvam Khalvidam Brahman, all this is Brahman, or in the Gita’s philosophy Sarvam Khalvidam Krishna, All this is Krishna. Our true self is smaller than the smallest object but at the same time greater than the greatest. It is beyond our comprehension, and beyond the material understanding. This is the essence of the Upanishads, to seek the self, to realise the self rather than to understand it. To read the Upanishads is to sit near to the truth, but to truly understand there must be Prati (greater than) bodha (intellectual) gyan (knowledge).

My true self is beyond any simple description; only through deep realisation will I have this knowledge. May I not cling to simple answers but go beyond them.

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