"The face of the Truth (Brahman in the solar orb) is concealed with a golden vessel. Do thou, O Sun, open it so as to be seen by me, who am by nature truthful (or, who am the performer of rightful duties).
O Thou, who art the nourisher, the solitary traveller, the controller, the acquirer, the son of Prajapati, do remove Thy rays, do gather up thy dazzle. I shall behold that form of Thine, which is the most benign. I am that very person that is yonder (in the sun).." ...........Isa Upanishad Verse 15, 16
In continuation of the study of the Isa Upanishad, we will try to draw up on the deeper meaning of this invocation. The last four invocative verses are primarily aimed at preparing oneself to undertake a journey beyond the mere mortal existence.
The golden vessel is that which attracts us immediately in our conditioned consciousness. Our desire and attraction tend to terminate in this external container rather than pursuing our seeking as to what this vessel contains. Just as our mortal eyes cannot behold the intensity of the Sun and needs a filter to see as a dimmed glory the brilliance of our sustaining star, so also the metaphysical entity of Brahman cannot be beheld when the mask of attenuation is removed. But it is possible for even our individual consciousness to behold the brilliance Brahman, the Solar Orb, through the realization of our own true nature.
There is another reason why the Golden vessel or the container is the object of our attention. This is due to the nature of the container that itself is suffused with the substance it holds but is a diffused form which does not reveal the true nature of its constituent. It is due to this limitation that the devotee asks the controller to gather up the inner dazzle, through which process one is able to dissolve the container that hold the brilliance of that which is concealed. This is process while being sincerely initiated by the devotee through various sadhana, its activation is in the Divine realm through Grace bestowed on the devotee.
When Lord Krishna is requested by his devotee Arjuna to reveal his Cosmic form, the Lord says:
"But you cannot see Me with your present eyes. Therefore I give you divine eyes. Behold My mystic opulence!" ...........Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11:8.
Commenting on this verse, Sri Vishvanatha Chakravarthi Thakur of Gaudiya Sampradaya, says:
"Actually, because he is a principal associate of the Lord, and therefore previously had appeared as Nara along with the Narayana avatar, Arjuna does not have material eyes like ordinary material persons. What is the logic in giving spiritual eyes to Arjuna because he cannot see a mere fragment of the Lord, when that same Arjuna with his very eyes directly realizes the sweetness of his Lord?"
Every human being is the principal avatar or every Nara is the intended Narayana avatar but we degrade this consciousness through the very association with our ego identification with the created realm. Arjuna, in his karmic journey, has already transcended to the higher level of consciousness through which his mortal eyes can easily be transfigured into Divine eyes. It should be our constant endeavour to reach this stage so that the dazzle of Divine radiance becomes a tool of transcendence rather than an instrument of annihilation.
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