Hindu Puraan-Spiritual Stories
|8-Uddaalak and Shwetketu|
The following story is taken from Chhaandogya Upanishad. It is the dialog between Muni Uddaalak and his son Shwetketu.
Uddaalak said - "Svetaketu,
Have you ever asked your teacher for that instruction by which we hear
what cannot be heard, by which we perceive what cannot be perceived, by
which we know what cannot be known?
The father replied -
"My dear, just as by a single lump of clay, all that is made of clay is
known, all modifications being only a name based upon words, (the
difference being only a name arising from speech) but the truth being that
all is clay thus, my dear, is that instruction."
Uddalaka - "Bring me a
fruit of that Nyagrodh tree (banyan tree)."
The father said - "My
son, that subtle essence which you do not perceive there, of that very
essence this great Nyagrodha tree, grows (exists). Believe me, my son.
Now, that which is the subtle essence (the root of all) in That all that
exists has its Self; that is the Self; That is the Truth; That thou art, O
Uddaalak - "Place this
salt in the water and come to me in the morning."
The father said
- "My child, taste it from the surface of the water. How is it?"
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Created on 3/15/2005, and Updated on 06/07/2009