“The paths leading man to god or Truth are said to be many. I will speak only of the shortest. It is to recognize God as the Self in you and then to find Him out. What is the distance then between you and God, between you and yourself? Ah, there is no distance at all, a full Zero! Yet, how dare you say to find God and Truth is hard?’’ 

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mahāvākyās

Sanskrit: महावाक्य  ; Sacred utterances of the Vedas. 

manana

Sanskrit : मननं ; Application of mind.

Mantra

sanskrit : मन्त्र ; a mental formula, expressing a thought or an idea. Normally it represents a spiritual proposition which necessarily carries with it specific purpose and relationship.

mantrajapa

sanskrit : मन्त्र जप ; Repeated chanting of mantra (a sacred phrase given to a seeker when initiated) is called mantrajapa.

moksha

sanskrit : मोक्षः ; Liberation or final emancipation.

Mundakopanishad

sanskrit: मुण्डक, means: a shaven headed (a Sannyaasin); the trunk of a tree with the branches chopped off ; a barber. One interpretation is that this Upanishad is meant for the Sannyaasins or will make one a Sannyaasin. It is associated with the Atharvaveda.

The hairs seen from outside exist on the scalp but they cover up the scalp. Like that, this world variety appears on the "substratum" called Consciousness but covers the Consciousness. Mundakopanishad removes the cover of world variety (ignorance of multiplicity/fragmentation) and exposes the One Consciousness, the Substratum, the Reality.

As such, the word "Upanishad" also means (upa+ni+sad) "the nearness or assimilation of which removes completely the ignorance".

mūrta

sanskrit : मूर्त ; Personal and Gross.

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