Meditation - The Secret Within

Julie Currier

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 The Katha Upanishad (philosophical text from the Vedas - Hindu scriptures) reveals that there are two paths we can travel in life, one leads outwards to the world and its pleasures and the other inwards which leads to grace.  The outward path is easy to travel and the pleasures tempt.  This journey is short lived and ends in death, as all material things eventually perish. The inward journey leads to grace a spiritual jouney to reach the Divine which resides in all.

The Secret Within



Verse 1.
 Yama said:
There are two paths, Nachiketas,
One path leads outwards and the other inward,
You can walk the way outward that leads to pleasure
Or the way inward that leads to grace.
Though concealed, that leads to the Self.
Verse 2.
 Both of these paths lie before each person eternally,
It is the way of things.
Day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment,
The wise must distinguish one from the other -
And then choose which to walk.
The foolish, grasping first at this and then that,
Choose to walk the path of pleasure.
Verse 3
 You, O Nachiketas,
Looked upon these of desire that I offered
And rejected them all.
In so doing you have chosen to walk the path of grace.
You clearly desire knowlegde, Nachiketas,
For you spurned the objects of pleasure.
Verse 6
 The path of grace does not reveal itself
To one who blunders through this world
Totally committed to it and its limitations.
It is a subtle hidden path never revealed
To one who thinks that this world is all there is -
And who, so thinking, falls again and again under my hand.
Katha Upanishad - translated by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati