Universal sovereignty, enjoyment of pleasures , independence, distinguished distinction as a king, the fulfilment of the highest desires, the position of a king, of a great king, and supreme mastership, that he might cross with his arms the universe, and become the ruler of the whole earth during all his life, which may last for an infinitely long time, that he might be the sole king of the earth up to its shores bordering on the ocean. Context for Hymn 3 is provided by the portion [ What Rishis performed it, and for what Kings they performed it. The oath which the King must take before the priest performs the ceremony. But before doing so, the priest must make the king take the following oath: "Whatever pious works thou mightest have done during the time which may elapse from the day of thy birth to the day of thy death, all together with thy position, thy good deeds, thy life, thy children, I would wrest from thee, shouldest thou do me any harm.
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Moon is the flower of the Waters. He who knows this becomes endowed with the flower, progeny, and animals. He who knows the support of the waters becomes endowed with the support. Such simple words — flower, moon, and waters; but so meaningless! And a promise also is made that if you understand what these words mean, you will get all the prosperity of the earth, a good family, and all the animals you require.
In those days progeny and animals were considered as highly valuable and these things include a lot of wealth too as their accompaniments. Superficially the meaning seems to be: A flower comes out of the water! It is natural!
A lotus can bloom in the waters! So what great thing is that? Moon is the flower of the waters! How can that be?
It is silly and nonsense! But it is a Mantra; so it does not matter if the meaning is silly. Let us believe that also. What do these words mean actually? Were the Sages insane by any chance? Or did they love Nature so much that they presented their hymns mixing up all the objects in Nature? They were very very clever. Their wisdom is far beyond the reach of ordinary minds. Let us decode the hymns and understand the true meanings hidden in them. First let us get acquainted with the basic truth proclaimed by the Vedas and Upanishads.
The world is different for different minds though all believe that they live in a fixed solid world in fixed time and space.
What are perceptions? Perceptions are some information about the outside brought to our minds by the senses! If senses are more than five or less than five, the information will vary. If any sense is malfunctioning, the information will vary. If the mind which collects the sense-data is colored by desires, hatred, false beliefs etc, the info will vary.
If the hardware of the brain which processes the data is mal-functioning, the info will vary. Anyhow the undeniable fact is that the world we perceive is just a collection of sense information received by the mind continuously without a break. What is a perceiving process?
A perception of any object in the world is made up of three units, the perceiver, perceived and the perceiving process. If even if one of them is missing, perception is not possible.
This perception can be broadly named as an experience undergone by an experiencer Jeevahood. Experience alone forms the basis of all the knowledge we have of the world. Like waves after waves rising in the ocean without a break, experiences pop up in our lives one after the other without a break. This continuum of experiences alone is the life lived by us from birth to the death of the body. Each person is a mould of experiences.
He is what his experiences are. Experiences can be of any object from a ghost to a god; but valid for the experiencer alone; like a dream-experience for the dreamer.
A human being is just a collection of experiences. He is a heap of waters. His existence is based on these waters. He who knows the flower of the waters, he becomes endowed with the flower, progeny and animals. Vaasanaa means an unfulfilled subtle seed of an experience which resides in the mind. A person who gains knowledge through experiences becomes endowed with good Vaasanaas which manifest as good experiences.
A person who knows the flower of the waters becomes endowed with the vision of seeing everything without particularities; he understands that he as the Self Brahman alone is shining as the world bereft of differentiations.
Chandramaa Moon is the flower of the Waters. Chandramaa means that which shines. Chandramaa means the moon. Moon is of the nature of waxing and waning. Mind also is of the nature of waxing and waning. Mind oscillates from joy to sorrow as it wades through various experiences.
Mind is the flower of the waters namely experiences. The store- room for all the information of the world gathered through senses is the mind. It does not reside in the heart or brain; it is not a visible organ; but just a process of collecting information.
This mind-process is different for different individuals. If you understand that — the world is nothing but a network of perceived patterns experienced by countless perceivers, through which information gets generated and stored by a process called the mind- then you get the true understanding of the world; will develop good Vaasanaas and the vision Supreme as the Self.
He who knows the support Aayatanam of the waters becomes endowed with the support. What is the support of these experiences? On what stable ground does the river of experiences flow? Without this essence of consciousness, nothing can be experienced by anybody. One who knows that Brahman Pure Consciousness is the support of all experiences gets established in the Brahman-state.
He who understands the flowers of water, He becomes the possessor of flowers, progeny and cattle. Moon is the flower of the water, He who knows it to be so, He becomes the possessor of flowers, progeny and cattle. He who knows the source of water, Becomes established in his Self. Fire is the source of water, He who knows the source of Fire, Becomes established in his Self, Water is the source of fire, He who knows it to be so, Becomes established in his Self. Air is the source of water, He who knows the source of Air, Becomes established in his Self, Water is the source of air, He who knows this, Becomes established in his Self.
Moon is the flower of the Waters. He who knows this becomes endowed with the flower, progeny, and animals. He who knows the support of the waters becomes endowed with the support. Such simple words — flower, moon, and waters; but so meaningless!