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The Way of the Meditator

Maitrī Upaniṣad VI.24-29 (trans. Valerie J. Roebuck)

This allegorical account of the meditator's path comes from the Maitrī Upaniṣad, a Hindu text dating probably from the early centuries AD. This text, which here and there shows traces of Buddhist influence. is important within Hinduism as a source for teachings on meditation and yoga. Here liberation is viewed as the union of the self (atman) of the meditator with the supreme reality (brahman). The meditation practice envisaged is one based on the use of mantra, particularly the sacred syllable OṂ.

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