Upanishad means sitting close. You can sit close to someone on the plane, but there is a big distance in the mind. Spirituality is so abstract to get a foot into the spiritual world, you need mental proxmimity.
The best form of learning is when the teacher sits with the student, not physically, but mentally, emotionally as well. This is lacking in schools today. The student doubts the wisdom of the teacher and the teacher doubts the sincerity of the student, that is why the knowledge doesn’t flow.
Thousands of years ago, this knowledge came up in the form of Upanishad. When students sat close to teachers – teachers always encouraged the quest for knowledge. The teacher enjoyed the questions from students. Knowledge can only be discussed when there is peace – when the mind is at peace.
There are 18 verses in the Isha Upanishad.
I: Energy, SHA: the complete, full, silent, vast, divine.
Introduction – Part 1
The magnanimous world that we experience is a very small part of the whole universe. “That is full” – to say that we must have had an experience of what “that” is. “That” is the experience we have in meditation. It is something more that the other states – dreaming, sleeping, waking. After meditation the master tells the student “That is full”.
The human civilisation cannot exist without “zero”. Without “zero” we cannot count beyond 9. “0” is complete, like life is full – life is complete. With a positive attitude we see fullness everywhere. When lack grows in you, that is when misery grows. Completeness gives satisfaction, it settles the mind down – you feel complete.
The first thing is to settle the mind down, so you can reflect. When the lake is settled, that is when you can see the reflection of the mountains. No happiness or knowledge can happen without peace.
The first step to peace is to realise that everything is complete. The world is moving from one fullness to another fullness.
What is it that is causing incompleteness inside you? That is causing restlessness inside you?