The Kena Upanishad is so named because it asks many fundamental questions that begin with the phrase, “by whom” – or “kena”. By whom willed and directed does the mind alight upon objects of the world? The Kena is one of the most metaphysical of the Upanishads, as it discusses the subtle reality of the indestructible Brahman. In conjunction with Chapter 8 of the Gita, it forms a pillar of the knowledge of the One supreme reality. The Kena addresses both the impersonal and personal aspects of Brahman, so as to engage the needs of all levels of truth-seekers.
The Bhagavad Gita is based on a dialogue between the student, Arjuna, and the teacher, Lord Krishna. The scripture unfolds in the form of questions and answers. Prince Arjuna is paralyzed by inaction while in the midst of the battlefield of action. His doubts appear as questions, and Lord Krishna responds with explanations of various aspects of yoga to help inspire Arjuna to action. In Chapter 8 of the Gita, Lord Krishna expounds on the Yoga of the Indestructible for Prince Arjuna.
The omkaaram mantra is chanted to acknowledge one of the most powerful principles of hinduism which is OM. The Upanisads say that the word OM represents the inter-breath, i.e. the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath. OM is the same entity as Brahman.
That which makes the tongue speak, but cannot be spoken; That is the nature of the Self. It is not someone other than you.
Those who say they know the Self really do not know it. The Self cannot be known by the intellect because it is beyond the duality of the knower and the known.
The shining goal of life is to know the Self. The Self is beyond the body and beyond birth and death. When one sees the Self in all, he goes beyond death…