Monday, December 24, 2012

Void

Da Vinci was intrigued by the concept of the void as the source of all things —“Among the great things found among us, the existence of Nothing is the greatest. Its essence dwells as regards time between the past and the future, and possesses nothing of the present. This nothingness has the part equal to the whole and the whole to the part, the divisible to the indivisible and it comes to the same amount whether we divide it, multiply it, add to it or subtract from it.”

This is echoed in the Ishavasya Upanishad. “Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnaat Purna mudachyate, Purnasya Purna maadaaya, Purnamevaa vashiseyate.” Translating to “This (shoonya) is full, That is full/ From the full, the full is taken/ The full has come (from it)/ If you take full from the full, the full alone remains.”
DNA: Da Vinci code of spirituality
A different translation of Poornamadah:
That (pure consciousness) is full (perfect); this (the manifest universe of matter; of names and forms being maya) is full. This fullness has been projected from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.
Further reading from Shameem's blog

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2 comments:

nizhal yoddha said...

good one, inferno. but at the risk of being pedantic, may i point out, with my limited sanskrit, that the words should be parsed differently?

om purnamadah: purnam idam poornaat purnam udachyate, purnasya purnam aadaaya, purnam eva avasishyate

purnam = full

udachyate = is taken

aadaya = comes from

eva = alone

avasishyate = remains; cognate with sesha remnant, whence adi sesha, the serpent, which is the matter remaining after the construction of the universe

anybody who knows sanskrit better than me, please correct me. i say the above only because many people do not know that the 'm' ending is natural in sanskrit, and should not be elided to the next word.

this is the problem i see with satyameva jayate. many people, parse it as satya meva jayate. that is pathetic. it is satyam eva jayate, the word is satyam, not satya. eva again means alone.









Inferno said...

Rajeev,
I quoted straight from Shameem Akthar's DNA article. Updated the post now with a different translation and a video.