Ishavasya Upanishad Simplified

Good day. Happy Thursday… 🙂

श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः||

गुरु ब्रह्मा गुरु विष्णु गुरु देवो महेश्वर: |
गुरु साक्षात् परब्रह्मा तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ||

My Uncle had initiated a thread on Upanishads in our WhatsApp group.

It reminded me of a chapter in Sri Sai Satcharitra. It talks about how Shiradi Sri SaiBaba helps one of his devotees understand the inner meaning of Ishavasya Upanishad in a very novel way.

One of SaiBaba’s devotees, Das Ganu Maharaj takes up the work of translating Ishavasya Upanishad to Marathi. He feels that his work isn’t up to the mark and isn’t able to capture the gist of the Upanishad in his work. After deliberating for awhile, he goes to his Guru, Sri SaiBaba seeking his guidance. Sri Baba directs him to go to another devotee, KakaSaheb Dixit’s house and says that Dixit’s maid servant will help him in understanding the Upanishad.

Das Ganu gets perplexed, but decides to follow Sri SaiBaba’s direction.

He goes to KakaSaheb Dixit’s house. He sees a little girl there. She is wearing torn clothes, singing something to herself, and is washing dishes. He feels sorry for her impoverished condition and gets her a beautiful small sari as a gift. She gets elated, wears the new sari, sings and dances with her friends.

Next day, as usual, she comes to work wearing torn clothes. Das Ganu observes her; she is her happy self, humming a song and washing dishes!!

A flashbulb lights up for Das Ganu:

  • The little girl’s cheerful demeanour remained the same whether she was wearing rags or new dress, while she was playing with her friends or doing dishes.
  • She was unaffected by the external things / situations.
  • This is exactly what Isha Upanishad is trying to tell us.
  • Basically, God pervades everything. It just depends on how we perceive things / people / situations.

Das Ganu Maharaj feels very happy about this revelation, thanks Sri SaiBaba for demonstrating such a profound phenomenon through the lifestyle of a little girl, and returns home.

Om Shri Gurubhyo Namaha


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