ईशावास्यं इदóè सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥ १ ॥
IshAvAsyaM idaM sarvaM yatki~jcha jagatyAM jagat |
tena tyaktena bhu~jjIthA mA gRudhaH kasyasviddhanam || 1 ||
(IshA vAsyaM idaM sarvaM yat ki~jcha jagatyAM jagat |
tena tyaktena bhu~jjIthA mA gRudhaH kasya svit dhanam || 1 ||)
All these, that are part of this world, are abodes of God!
Leaving them and thus protecting (yourself),
do not desire the wealth of anyone!
1. IshAvAsyaM idaM sarvaM
Lord Shiva is residing in everything.
Ishvara or Isha is one of the very popular names of
Lord Shiva. Even today many locals in villages refer
to Lord shiva temples more as Ishvara temple only.
The term Ishvara refers to the Lord Who as a Master
has everyone and everything as the wealth. This
Lord is hailed in Rudram as the Lord of everything,
hence the Lord Shiva is also called as Vishveshvaramurthi.
2. Ishavasya upnishad, unlike most other upanishads,
is in the vedic samhita itself and hence called Samhitopanishad.
3. This hymn lays the important foundation of the vedantic wisdom.
It has three prescriptions for the seeker.
a) God is in everything
Noble, ignoble, living, non-living, sun, moon, earth,
even your own soul - has God in it. When this view
sets in, the whole world appears different and potentially
every transaction with the material world can transform
into the worship of the Omnipresent!
b) Protect by renunciation
As long as one holds on to the worldly things,
it would be clinging to the cycle of births and deaths.
When one holds on to the God Who is the essence in
everything, it liberates. This is the best protection one
c) Covet not the wealth of others
This statement when contemplated could be seen as the
fountainhead of the dharma - non-violence, not stealing,
keeping mind clean devoid of any jealousy, vengeance or
Covet not the wealth of others, because God is in