Knowledgeable Quotes From Upanishads That Will Give You A Reality Check

We can all agree that Upanishads have shaped Indian philosophy in some way. In all of those Upanishads, there are quotes that can shape our lives too. Some of them are really motivating and some inspires us to keep our feet on the ground even when things are going wrong from all fronts. If you look at the newer quotes that float around the Internet, then you will realize that these days, most of them are too cheesy and simply do not make sense. But same cannot be said of about the quotes in Upanishads. Ever since the ancient times, the quotes hold deeper meaning and hold true to this day still.

Here, we have compiled ‘The best quotes from different Upanishads that are very helpful to live a better life.’

Katha Upanishad

“Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind.”

“The fool thinks not of the after-life, quite deluded by wealth as he is; ‘this is the world, there is none other’ – so persuaded, he falls again and again into my net.”

“When all the knots that strangle the heart are loosened, the mortal becomes immortal, here in this very life.”

“Even by the mind this truth is to be learned: there are not many, but only one.”

Maitri Upanishad

“Where there is joy, there is creation. Where there is no joy, there’s no creation. Know the nature of joy.”

”The mind is said to be twofold: the pure and also the impure; impure – by union with desire; pure—from desire completely free.”

Yogabindu Upanishad

“Like ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within.”

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Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

“Aham Brahmasmi”, which means “The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists. I am the infinite reality.”

“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

“The gods love what is mysterious, and dislike what is evident.”

Ramacharka, the Spirit of the Upanishads

“You may drink the ocean dry; you may uproot from its base the mountain Meru; you may swallow fire. But more difficult than all these, oh good one! Is the control over the mind.”

“The light breaking upon the mind should not be excluded by that false logic which puts forth unholy guesses of every kind up to the obliteration even of the facts of consciousness.”

Quotes From Upanishads


“The wise man is not depressed by adversity, just as the golden lotus which does not fade at the approach of night. He does not set his heart on anything beyond his immediate concern and his delight lies in the path of the virtuous.”
“The space between bondage and liberation measures 2 feet only. Bondage says ‘This is mine’ and liberation says ‘Nothing is mine’.”

Amrita Bindu Upanishad

“It is indeed the mind that is the cause of men’s bondage and liberation. The mind that is attached to sense objects leads to bondage, while dissociated from sense-objects it tends to lead to liberation.”

Mundaka Upanishad

“Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure are born in a world of separateness, but let them realize they are the self and all separateness will fall away.”

Pramananda, the Upanishads

“Who is better able to know god that I myself, since he resides in my heart and is the very essence of my being? Such should be the attitude of one who is seeking.”

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Quotes From Upanishads

Swami Prabhavananda

“That which is not comprehended by the mind but by which the mind comprehends – know that..”

“Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?”

“Time, nature, necessity, accident, elements, energy, intelligence – None of these can be the First Cause. They are effects, whose only purpose is to help the Self rise above pleasure and pain. In the depths of meditation, sages saw within themselves the Lord of Love, who dwells in the heart of every creature.”

“The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self, indivisible, untouched by sin, wise, immanent and transcendent. He it is who holds the cosmos together.”

“As the same fire assumes different shapes when it consumes objects differing in shape, so does the one Self-take the shape of every creature in whom he is present.”

“Knowing the senses to be separate from the Self, and the sense experience to be fleeting the wise grieve no more.”

“It is everywhere, though we see it not. Just so, dear one, the Self is everywhere within all things, although we see him not. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.”

Veda Teaching

“There is no joy in the finite; there is joy only in the Infinite.”

“The Self is hidden in the hearts of all, as butter lies hidden in cream. Realize the Self in the depths of meditation, The Lord of Love, supreme reality, who is the goal of all knowledge.”

“As the web issues out of the spider and is withdrawn, as plants sprout from the earth, as hair grows from the body, even so, the sages say, this universe springs from the deathless Self, the source of life.”

“The mind may be said to be of two kinds, pure and impure. Driven by the senses it becomes impure; but with the sense under control, the mind becomes pure. It is the mind that frees us or enslaves. Driven by the sense we become bound; Master of the sense we become free. Those who seek freedom must master their senses.”

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