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The Third chapter of Aitareya Upanishad
explains the nature of true knowledge and of the soul. The soul is not the instruments of perception (as the eye, ear), it is not the mind; it is completely knowledge. The several acts of knowledge are modifications, to be comprehended by knowledge alone. The soul, as knowledge, is the foundation of the whole world; it is Lord Brahma the creator, it is the creation, the gods, the elements and all the beings that are produced from them.
The verse questions about the nature of the soul which we worship. It asks who is he whom we worship as the self, the objects are perceive? It then answers that it is Lord Brahma
, Lord Indra
. All the five great elements, viz. the earth, the wind, the ether, the water, and the light, combine to form into seeds of different kinds. That is born from sprouts, horses, cows, men, elephants; whatsoever has life, viz., what moves on foot, what moves by wing, and all that is immoveable are formed from the combination of the seeds. All this is brought to existence by knowledge. Brahma is the foundation of knowledge. He who attains all knowledge, obtains all desires and departs from the world becomes immortal.
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