Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iv.10 / …know the Self as I am the ONE, become all this universe.


VSF:  For many years now a quotation from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad has been at the top of my primary website —  I found this verse in a book by Alain Danielou, ‘While the Gods Play’.  For many years I also did not understand what it meant, but I knew it was key and kept it in mind as the years passed.

A very kind reader recently asked me about this verse.  My reply to him may be useful to others who read here.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iv.10

And to this day, [those] who…know the Self as I am Brahman [the ONE], become all this universe.
Even the gods [any other dimensional beings] cannot prevent his becoming this, for he has become their Self. …if a man worships another deity thinking: He is one and I am another, he  does not know.
He [who does not know] is like a sacrificial animal to the gods. As many animals serve a man, so does each man serve the gods. Even if one animal is taken away, it causes anguish to the owner; how much more so when many are taken away!
Therefore it is not pleasing to the gods that men should know this [that they are the ONE].



Question:  I don’t understand how these ‘gods’ want me to not Know.
Why do they need ‘sacrificial animals’?
If They LOVE why would they not welcome ‘All’ to Knowing. ?

VSF:  These ‘gods’ are you.
They are part of the Cosmogonic Forces that generate the “VEILS” that cover your own innate God-Consciousness.  In other words, God uses these forces to VEIL Itself in you, your current data-collecting vehicle.

When you Become the God-within you, that which also pervades and permeates All, these Veiling forces will lose their power over you.  And they cannot stop you from your Enlightenment and God Realization, because you become their Self.

You created them to Veil you as God.

The ‘sacrifice’ is losing your Knowing that you are God, forgetting your real identity, and immersing your consciousness in delusion, MOHA in Sanskrit.
So God can ‘play’ in manifest multiplicity, in Space-Time.


An excellent online Brihadaranyaka Upanishad interpreted by Swami Krishnananda:

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