Some exerpts from GEMS FROM THE UPANISHADS by H B PHILLIPS
Having taught the Veda, , the teacher directs his pupil thus:
- Speak the truth.
- Practice virtue.
- Do not neglect the study of the scriptures.
- Offer an acceptable gift to the teacher, and
- Do not cut off the line of your progeny.
- You must not be negligent of the truth.
- You must not be negligent of virtue.
- You must not be negligent of your well-being.
- You must not be negligent of prosperity.
- You must not be negligent of studying and teaching the scriptures.
- You must not be negligent of the rites owing to the gods and the Ancestors.
- Worship your mother.
- Worship your father.
- Worship your teacher.
- Worship the guest.
- Whatever acts are irreproachable, those you must do, and no others.
- Whatever deeds among us are good deeds, those you must perform, and no others.
- Whoever are Brahmins superior to us, you must make them comfortable with a seat.
- Give willingly. Do not give unwillingly. Give according to your resources. Give with modesty. Give with fear (“There but for the grace of God go I!”). Give with sympathy.
— Taittriya Upanishad 1.11. 1-3
Spirit is not born, nor deceases ever,
Has not come from any, nor from it any.
This Unborn, Eternal and Everlasting
Ancient is not slain, be it slain the body.
—Katha Upanishad 2.18
Posted on 24.10.2017