Balaka said that he adored him who is the spirit in the sun. But Ajatashatru asked him not to be proud. He said that he adored him as the vast one, clothed in white raiment. Balaka then said that he adores him who is the spirit in the moon but then again Ajatasatru warned him not to be proud and said that he adorned him as the soul of food. Thus, who adores him, becomes the soul of food. The conversation between them thus proceeds.
Balaka said that he meditates upon the person who is the spirit in the lightning but Ajatasatru said he mediates on him as the soul of truth and who thus adores him becomes the soul of truth. Balaka mentions that he meditates upon the person who is the spirit in the thundercloud and Ajatasatru says that he adores him as the soul of sound and he who adores him becomes the soul of sound. Balaka next tells him that he adore him who is the spirit in the wind. Ajatasatru says he meditates him as Indra. He who adores him, becomes a conqueror, and unconquerable by others. Balaka next states that he adores him who is the spirit in the ether but Ajatasatru corrects him and tells that he adores him as the complete Brahma. Whoever adores him, is filled with progeny, cattle, fame, holiness and swarga, and accomplishes his full life in this world. Balaka told him that he meditates upon the spirit in the fire and Ajatasatru tells him that looks upon him as the irresistible; and whoever worships him becomes irresistible among others. Balaka says that he worships him who is the spirit in the waters but Ajatashatru said he adores him as the soul of light. A person who worships s him becomes the soul of light. Thus, earlier his adoration was dependent on the deities but now it depends on the soul. Balaka now tells that he adores him who is the spirit in the mirror. Ajatashatru tells he adores him as the reflection. People worshipping it are born truly reflected in his children, not falsely reflected.
Balaka said he adores him who is the spirit in the shadow and Ajatasatru tells him that he adores him as the double and inseparable. The former next tells that he meditates upon him who is the spirit in the echo and Ajatashatru tells him that he adores him as the life. Balaka adores him who is the spirit in sound and Ajatasatru adores him as death and whoever thus adores him does not die before his time. Balaka adores him who as that sleeping spirit and Ajatashatru adorns him as king Yama. Balaka now tells that he adores him as the spirit in the body and Ajatashatru said that he worships him as Prajapati. Whoever adores him is multiplied in, children, cattle, glory, holiness, heaven and accomplishes his fall life. Balaka said that he adores him as the spirit in the right eye but Ajatashatru said that he adores him as the soul of speech, the soul of fire, the soul of splendour. Thus, who adores him becomes the soul of all these. Balaka lastly says that he adores him as the spirit in the left eye and Ajatashatru said that he adores him as the soul of truth, the soul of the lightning, the soul of light. A person who adores becomes the soul of all these.
Upon listening the views of Ajatashatru Balaki was silent. Ajatashatru told him that he would tell him about Brahman. He told him that who is the maker of these persons, of whom verily this is the work, and he alone is to be known. Balaki wished to be his pupil but as Ajatashatru was a Kshatriya and Balaki a Brahmin he did not accept his offer. Ajatashatru took him to a place where a person was asleep. Ajatashatru called him but he just lay silent. Then he pushed him with a stick. He asked Balaki what has happened of him. Balaki remained silent thus Ajatashatru said that he is absorbed in that Prana. The speech enters into it with all names, the sight enters with all forms, hearing enters with all sounds, the mind enters with all thoughts. When he awakes, as from blazing fire sparks go forth in all directions, so from this Soul all the Pranas go forth to their several stations, from the Pranas go forth the devas, from the devas the worlds. This is the true Prana, identical with Prajna; entering this body and soul, it penetrates to the nails and hairs of the skin. Just as a razor placed in a razor case, or fire in the home of fire, thus this Soul, itself Prajna enters this body and soul to the hairs and nails. The inferior souls follow this Soul as the household the householder. As the householder feeds with his householder, so this Soul, itself Prajna, feeds with those souls and thus those souls feed on this Soul. As long as Lord Indra was unaware of this Soul, till then the Asuras overcame him. When he knew it, then having conquered and slain the Asuras, he attained the pre-eminence of all gods and all beings; he attained sovereignty and his empire. Thus, he who is knowledgeable can destroy all sins, and can attain the pre-eminence of all beings and sovereignty and empire.
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