We are Made of Star-Stuff – February 16 2020

We are Made of Star-Stuff – February 16 2020

The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.

Carl Sagan

The Upanishads are one of the main sources of Vedic wisdom. The word Upanishad means something like ‘sitting down at the feet/the source of the knowledge.’ Implying the need to empty oneself of the idea that we might know something of the Truth. Becoming an empty vessel so that something of the Truth may be poured into us. 

The writings speak of the makeup of the universe, the underlying field of all that Is and the building blocks of all that Is. Brahman. Totality.

They say this field is consciousness, pure Being, and that it may be experienced by anyone willing to look for it.

The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad begins with a peace chant that states the whole Truth in one verse. In Sanskrit it is:

Om. Purnamadah purnamidam purnatpurnamudachyate;

Purnasya purnamadaya purnamevavashishyate

Om shantih shantih shantihi–

The English translation is:

Om (the sound of Creation), 

That is infinite, and this (universe) is infinite.


The infinite proceeds from the infinite.


After taking the infinite from the infinite,


Only the infinite remains.

Om, Peace peace peace

The infinite is all that is. God is all that is. Just as stardust pulled from our sun became this world, and from this world arose man so that man, too, is of stardust made, from the infinite Brahman proceeds this infinite universe and all that is in this universe, too, cannot be anything other than infinite Brahman.

We are made of God-stuff. There is nothing else of which we could be made.

Today I will set aside my thoughts, feelings, and ideas of myself in order to find contact with this stuff of which I am made. I will remind myself that there is nothing, not even my resistance, that can limit God; and I will ask of this infinite universe what it is that limitless God would have me do, and as one expression of God-stuff, I will recognize and insist upon my capacity to fulfill that assignment.

Red Leaf, Himalayas, Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India