13a). Ishavasya Upanishad -Upasana of Manifest and Unmanifest.

12. They fall into blind darkness who worship the unborn Prakriti (avyakrita). They fall into greater darkness who are bent upon the Karya Brahman Hiranyagarbha. (12).

Q12-1). What is manifest (sambhuti)  and  unmanifest (asambhuti) ? 

Manifest includes all gross and subtle worlds.  Gross world  is available to sense perception. Five elements – Space (akasha), Wind (vayu), Fire (agni), Water (ap) and earth (prathvi).  All living and non living beings having gross forms are included in this.

Subtle world includes thoughts, imagingation, feelings,  sensations – touch (sparsha), form (rupa), taste (rasa), smell (gandha), sound (shabdha).  Subtle state is dream like state. This state is called karya Brahma or Hiranya Garbha.

Unmanifest is causal state called avyakrita prarkriti.

In the process or inward journey, the seeker may get attracted to subtle sound, smell, sensations, taste and form. This is still maya. Seeker also may experience bliss of causal state.

This sloka warns against seeking the material nature in manifest form or unmanifest form.

The world of manifest is materialism.  Pursuing materialistic instincts may give some powers. In pursuit of manifest/unmanifest nature, mind is still objetified.  The source of manifest and unmanifest – Brahman is to be pursued not the material nature.


andhaṃ tamaḥ praviśanti ye’sambhūtimupāsate |
tato bhūya iva te tamo ya u sambhūtyā ratāḥ ||  – 12






अन्धं तमः प्रविशन्ति येऽसम्भूतिमुपासते ।
ततो भूय इव ते तमो य उ संभूत्यां रताः ॥ १२ ॥
andhaṃ tamaḥ praviśanti ye’sambhūtimupāsate |
tato bhūya iva te tamo ya u saṃbhūtyāṃ ratāḥ || 12 ||

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