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The Supreme Teaching from the Upanishads

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The Supreme teaching [from the Upanishads]

Abandoning his body by the gate of dreams, the Spirit beholds in awaking his senses sleeping.  Then he takes his own light and returns to his home, this Spirit of golden radiance, the wandering swan everlasting.

Leaving his nest below in charge of the breath of life, the immortal Spirit soars afar from his nest.  He moves in all regions wherever he loves, this Spirit of golden radiance, the wandering swan everlasting.

And in the region of dreams, wandering above and below, the Spirit makes for himself innumerable subtle creations.  Sometimes he seems to rejoice in the love of fairy beauties; sometimes he laughs or beholds awe-inspiring terrible visions.

In that land there are no chariots, no teams of horses, nor roads, but he creates his own chariots, his teams of horses, and roads.  There are no joys in that region and no pleasures or delights, but he creates his own joys, his own pleasures and delights.  In that land there are no lakes, no lotus ponds, nor streams, but he creates his own lakes, his lotus ponds and streams.

For the Spirit of man is Creator

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Upanishads, the

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