From the Unreal to the Real


Asato ma sad gamaya  

Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

Mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya.


Lead me from the unreal to the Real.

Lead me from darkness to Light.

Lead me from death to Immortality.




The unreal in us desires the pleasure-life of the finite. The Real in us aspires for the God-Life of the Infinite.

Darkness is the discoverer of the doubting and frustrated mind. Light is the discoverer of the aspiring and dedicated heart.

Death—where is the cat? Meowing nowhere. Immortality—where is the lion? Roaring all-where.


Excerpt from:  The Upanishads: The Crown Of India’s Soul by Sri Chinmoy.
First published by Agni Press in 1974.
Reprinted with permission of Sri Chinmoy.



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