Borne along and defiled by the stream of qualities, unsteady, wavering, bewildered, full of desire, distracted, one goes on into the state of self-conceit. In thinking This is I and That is mine one binds himself with himself, as does a bird with a snare.
Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitri Upanishad 3.2. uph, p. 418
When the body is in silent steadiness, breathe rhythmically through the nostrils with peaceful ebbing and flowing of breath. The chariot of the mind is drawn by wild horses, and those wild horses have to be tamed. Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smoldering fires and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation.
Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 2.9-10. Uupm, p. 88
This atman is not attained by instruction or by intelligence or by learning. By him whom he chooses is the atman attained. To him the atman reveals his own being. The one who has not turned away from wickedness, who has no peace, who is not concentrated, whose mind is restless-he cannot realize the atman, who is known by wisdom.
Krishna Yajur Veda, Katha Upanishad 1.2.24-25. ve, p. 710
He who dwells in the light, yet is other than the light, whom the light does not know, whose body is the light, who controls the light from within -- He is the atman within you.
Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.7.14. VE, P. 708
With his mind purified, with his consciousness purified, with patience, thinking I am He, and with patience when he has attained the consciousness of I am He, he is established by wisdom in the supreme atman who is to be known in the heart.
Shukla Yajur Veda, Paingala Upanishad 4.9. VE, P. 441
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These daily verses are drawn from the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas, Hinduism's revealed scriptures, which are 6,000 to 8,000 years old. Many of the verses are from the book The Vedic Experience, by Raimundo Panikkar, available at our Minimela online store.