Hari Om! Namaste!!
Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.
Aaseeno dooram vrajati shayaano yaati sarvatah |
Kastam madamadam Devam madanyo jnatumarhati|| – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.21
Meaning: Sitting he wanders afar; lying down he goes everywhere. Who, other than myself is fit to know that God who rejoices and rejoices not?
This mantra says that the Ultimate Reality(a.k.a God) is omnipotent and omnipresent. He can do things simultaneously. Lord Yama illustrates these points by apparently contradicting actions. God can wander everywhere by sitting in a place. By sleeping, he goes everywhere. These statements mean that the God is omnipotent and omnipresent.
Moreover, the God is always blissful because of his own nature. So, he does not have to rejoice to make himself happy separately!
These attributes of the Ultimate Reality unleashed by the Great Master Lord Yama cannot be understood by teaching/coaching by somebody else. They must be experienced by ourselves by connecting our own Individual Self to the Universal Self via Traditional Indian Yoga.
The word Madanyo means other than myself. This word has been strategically used to mean that the Ultimate Reality is nothing other than our own Individual Self. According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.
The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated karmas.
Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.
Om Namah Shivaya ||