Selections from the Chandogya Upanishad
Background: The Chandogya Upanishad teaches that one’s deepest self is one’s atman, and this atman is the absolute unconditioned reality or Brahman. It attempts to “reveal” this fundamental truth through a series of dialogues, some narrative and others more metaphysical in character.
The story from this selection attempts to explore how the master, Prajapati, attempts to convey this insight to some supernatural beings, only one of whom, Indra, finally “really” sees. What is it that Indra finally discovers? (277-80)
How would you relate this understanding of absolute reality with the way Bonaventure attempts to assist those on the journey? Are there any similarities? Are there any differences?