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And the throne ' Unmeasured L ife' . . , I, 3-7. So he comes into Lordship (aifvarya) over all the possibilities of existence. ®* There remains for the soul thus lost in and one with (sdyujya) the Father a last death, parimara, parinirvana, / and al-fana, the " Drowning ” and '* Despiration'': there where “ God himself gives up the ghost . . abiding to himself unknown, in agnosia and a-perception " she must give up her-Self and God him-Self in a naughting of their common “ name ” and coincident intrinsic “ aspect,” there she must abandon “ name and aspect," however ideally conceived.

II, 7, where That without which none might breathe (pranydt) is Self-less (andtmya), indis­ criminate (anirukta), placeless (anilayana). “ B y intrinsic power" (svadha): cf. Rg Veda, IV, I 3» 5> “ by what intrinsic-power (svadha) does he move ? " and the answer in 1,14 4 , 2, " When he (as Fire) dwelt diffused in the womb of the Waters (apdmupasthe), thence got he (adhayat) the intrinsic powers (svadhah) whereby he proceeds (iyate) ” : the Waters, nirgunaBrahman, unconscious Godhead, being as explained above, the source of all omnipotence (mahimdnah) and facility (kauialya).

In me only the root is That blooms in your boughs ; . My own blood is what stanches The wounds in my bark.. . " The efficacy of the ritual sacrifice (karma, yajHa), that the ritual undertaken with a given end in view assuredly procures that end, is by no means denied in the Upanisads. The end in view, however, is a renewal and magnification of life, not an absolute emancipation from mortality. Knowledge alone, That art thou, is the realisation of immortality, in or regardless of any here or now.

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