Amritabindu Upanishad

Last Updated: July 12, 2016

Definition - What does Amritabindu Upanishad mean?

The Amritabindu Upanishad is an ancient Vedic text. It is one of five Bindu Upanishads and is considered the most important of the five. It describes the nature of the mind and the ways in which it becomes attached to material objects. According to the Amrita Upanishad, this understanding brings wisdom and ultimately liberation to a state of knowledge, peace and bliss. Amritabindu Upanishad describes using a process of meditation and Kriya yoga to cultivate non-attachment.

The term amritabindu is Sanskrit for “a drop of nectar,” while upanishad means “sitting at the foot of.” Thus, the teachings of the Amritabindu Upanishad are a drop of nectar for the students sitting at the foot of their teacher.

Yogapedia explains Amritabindu Upanishad

The Amritabindu Upanishad teaches that it is the mind that ensnares us. When the mind is driven by the senses, desires and attachment to material objects, it is described as “impure.” This impurity prevents us from seeing the knowledge we all hold within us about what we truly are.

However, according to the Amritabindu Upanishad it is also through the mind - and mastery of the mind - that we can find this knowledge. It describes using a process of meditation and Kriya yoga to cultivate non-attachment to sensory objects. When the mind is no longer bound to sense objects, it is considered “pure” and the true nature of the Self can be seen.

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