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MahAnArAyaNOpanishat by Dr.NSA Manthra - 11

From: Balaji CG (
Date: Wed Nov 17 1999 - 04:14:13 PST

		MahAnArAyaNOpanishat - manthra - 11

	na sandrshE thishTathi rUpamasya
	na chakshushA pashyathi kashchanynam
	hrdA manIshA manasAbhi klrpthO
	ya Enam viduramrthAsthE bhavanthi	|| 11 ||


His form does not stand for being perceived. No one can see Him with one's
eyes. He is graspable by the mind full of devotion and steadfastness. Those
who know Him thus become immortal.


This manthra is found with some modification in (Shwe - Up 3-13, 4-17, 4-20
and in katha 6-9).

'rUpam' means auspicious form. His form is not possible of being seen with
one's eyes. So, one cannot perceive Him with sense organs like the eye and
others. 'hrdi' means bhakti. 'manIshA' means steadfastness. 'manasABhi
klrpthAh' means 'manOgrAhyaha'. In the Mahabharatha the later part of the
manthra is given as - 

	'BhakthyA cha DhrthyA cha samAhithAthmA j~nAnasvarUpam

The BhAshyakAra explains the meaning of this in 'Vedartha sangraha' as
follows - 
	' DhrthyA samAhithAthmA BhakthyA purushOththamam 
	  pashyathi sAkshAthkarOthi, prApnOthi ithyarTha:'

'ShruthaprakAshikAchArya' refers to this manthra in 'sarvathra
prasiDhyaDhikaraNa'. This is of the same meaning as 'BhaktyAthvananyayA
shakya:' and this is expounded in Vedartha sangraha by Ramanuja.
'na santhishTathi' - does not stand firmly before. The auspicious form is
visible in vibhavAvathAra, but the 'aprAkrthathvAkAra' is not seen.
'manIshA' means the Lord of the mind i.e. 'buddhi'.
'manIshA' is 'shAstrajanya shravaNajanya DhI: Dhairya garBhOdvahA Dhrthi:'
(VishNu purAnam  5-2)
Bhakthi, which is called 'hrdA', is 'prEma' or love towards the Lord.


Sri Ranganatha Divyamani Padukabhyam Namaha