Meditation On "OM"
Mandukya Upnishad


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The first part "A" is Vaisvanara whose sphere is the condition of waking, on account of all-pervasiveness, or on account of being the first. He who knows this obtains verily all desires and becomes the first."
As the word Om represents the Atman, so the Matras of Om represent respectively the different conditions in which the Atman manifests itself. Matra "A" represents Vaisvanara, the first condition. Have the symbol "A" before you and meditate on Vaisvanara till you identify yourself with the object of meditation. Just as "A" pervades in all the letters of the alphabet, so also Vaisvanara pervades all things of the universe. Just as "A"  is the first letter in "AUM",  so also Vaisvanara is the first condition of the Atman.

Sruti says, "The letter "A" is the whole of speech." All sounds are pervaded by "A". In the Bhagavad Gita you will find "Aksharanam Akarosmi-of letters the letter "A" I am"( Bhagawad Git Chapter X:33). Sruti says, "The effulgent Heaven is the head of Vaisvanara." Therefore Vaisvanara pervades the whole of this universe.

Just as "A" is the first letter in "AUM," just as "A" is the first of all sounds and letters, so also the waking state is the first of the three states.You can derive the knowledge of the other states from the waking state. The experiences of the three states form the whole experience of the universe. Therefore, the waking state pervades the whole universe. The scientists and Western philosophers have ignored the experiences of the dreaming and deep sleep states and have taken the experiences of the waking state only. Hence their data and conclusions are incorrect. 

Now the benefits of knowing this identity are described. He who knows it has all his desires fulfilled. He becomes the first among the great. He becomes the first of all.

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