Upaniṣat Textual Quotes Collated

“There are many texts on Yoga and Yoga is found in one form or another in the Upaniṣat.
Yoga for them is the means to realise God and OM is the key to that process.
So many Upaniṣad mention OM because most Upaniṣat
are involved with Vedānta or the movement towards God.”
– TKV Desikachar “The use and abuse of OM”,
Lecture on September 5th 1983 in Zinal, Switzerland

“na iti na iti – not this, not this”
Defining our relationship with awareness,
is an inquiry into re-defining our relationship with matter.
– Bṛhad Āraṇyaka Upaniṣat II.3.6

“In each one of us there is
something that experiences.”
– TKV Desikachar Introduction `
to the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001

“My belief in Yoga is not
dependant on a belief in God,
whereas in Vedānta it is.”
– TKV Desikachar Introduction
to the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001

Yoga – To Link to myself.
Hinduism – To Link to God.”
– TKV Desikachar introduction
to the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001

“The request for learning must come from the aspirant.
Only then can be the process be step by step.
First one question which is understood, then the next.
For example Annam is Brahma,
then Prāṇa is Brahma.
This was the traditional approach by the aspirant.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

“In observation,
try to go from Annamaya
to the deeper levels.”
– From my notes studying Taittirīyra Upaniṣad
Chapter Three verse 2 with TKV Desikachar

Śraddhā can’t be taught,
but can be kindled.”
– From my notes studying Taittirīyra Upaniṣad
Chapter Three verse 5 with TKV Desikachar

“The self-born creator bored the sense openings outwards,
so the self looks out at the world rather than inwards.
A wise person, wanting to taste the state of immortality,
stops the senses from moving outwards and turns within to the essence.”
– Kaṭha Upaniṣaṭ 2.1.1.

Dreams can be situations
which amplify Vāsana.”
– TKV Desikachar on the
Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣat verse 4

–  Last Updated 10th October 2022