The Sanskrit term ‘Upaniṣhad’ (u = at, pa = foot, nishat =sitting down) translates to “sitting at the foot/feet of”, referring to the disciple sitting down near the Guru while receiving esoteric knowledge. All the Upanishads are discussion between Guru and disciples.
Sadguru Osho Siddharth Ji, when in Oshodhara Nanak Dham, meets the seekers and participants in a ‘Darshan Darbar’ every Monday and Thursday. In this much-awaited meeting, discussion ensues, questions are answered, recollections are shared and songs and bhajans resound in the Ashram. This discussion creates a live Upanishad – “Siddharth Upanishad”
Through Siddharth Upanishad, we bring to you the invaluable sutras for spiritual practice and a blissful life.
- The purpose of meditation is to connect with the soul. The purpose of Samadhi is to be in the soul. The purpose of witnessing is to live at the plane of soul. The aim of remembrance is to enjoy the love of Existence. The sannyasi of Oshodhara should maintain the right balance of all the four moorings.
- If you go to the Himalayas, you will meet a siddh, not a master. You will get attainment and not enlightenment. Respect and not bliss, ego and not divine sound. You can be free from mine but not me. You are can be a siddh, but not a Buddha.
- Divine love is the higher purpose. People are crazy after material love. That is worldly love. Some are madly in love with a form. That is lesser love. Only a few gifted people can revel in the love of Govind. That is beyond-divine love. And that is the ultimate goal of life.
- Knowing is like water; devotion is the steam that rises from knowing if there is fire of remembrance.
- There is no direction in knowing. It is like the experience of this expansive sky. Devotion has direction, it flows like a river towards the ocean of knowing. Knowing is unaddressed while devotion is addressed. The experience of unaddressed love is also knowing. The remembrance of addressed knowing is devotion.
- What is the difference between knowing and devotion? Knowing is the experience of our soul or the Existence while devotion is love with Existence. How can you be in love without experience? How can you be a devotee without knowing?
- Saints’ words are sweet and motivating. Their life is without any sadness or attachment. They are fearless and desireless.
- Whatever is flowing, changing, is the world, is present. Whatever is unchanging, eternal, is God. To be aware of both, eternal and present is Sakshi (total awareness).
- What is the difference between delusion and love? Love is unbiased and limitless. Delusion is self-seeking; love is selfless. A person ensnared in delusion lives for himself while the one who is filled with love, lives for others.
- Life is a combination of desire and love. In other words, life is an isomorphous series of desire and love. The more you love the Existence, your life will have lesser desires, expectations, complaining attitude, anger, etc. The more you are filled with the worldly desires, your love towards the God will diminish, your self-remembrance will ebb.
- Our karma is the seed. The lord grows flowers and fruits from that seed. There is a western saying or a maxim :God helps those who help themselves. Poet Bachchan has translated it beautifully: Raam sahayak unke hote, jo hote hain swayam sahayak! I wish we could all internalize this. Lord Krishna also says, “Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshu kada chana”. This also means the same, “Arjuna, you sow the seeds of karma, make efforts, and the Existence will make your efforts blossom and bring it to fruition. To do is in your hand, not the result. This is nishkaam karmyog.
- There is a door in the Vatican Church that opens once in 25 years. It is called the door to heaven. The Catholic Christians believe that whoever enters that door will be eligible for heaven. Muslims also believe the same, that they will go to zannat if they visit Kaba. Even Hindus have the faith that if they visit the four pilgrimages they will attain salvation. However, salvation or heaven has nothing to do with these. You cannot attain salvation if you are not spiritual.
- There is no sage whose word can be considered as most authentic. Because Sanatan Dharm is about experience. It is about experience of truth. If one starts to describe, then truth ceases to exist. The eternal truth cannot be said in words. And if it can be said in words then it cannot be eternal truth. Truth can be told on the basis of eternal truth. You must understand the difference between truth and eternal truth, Dharm and Sanatan Dharm. Truth is influenced by time and age. It reflects time, age and even region. It is subject to change. However, Sanatan Dharm is unchangeable.
- There are many religions, but Sanatan Dharm is ancient. Sanatan means eternal. Other religions have an origin, but Sanatan Dharm does not have a beginning. Other religions are founded on some scripture but Sanatan Dharm is unencumbered by any scriptures.
- Love is of three kinds: Active, passive and static. Active love means I love my beloved. Passive love means my beloved loves me. Static love means I am situated in the love of the beloved. Love is our natural state of being. This love is the highest love.