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Isha Upanishad- MIRA - Verse No. 2 And 3

The second verse states:

kurvann eveha karmāni jijīvisec chatam samāh
evam tvayi nānyatheto ’ sti na karma lipyate nare – 2

Doing verily works in this world one should wish to live a hundred years. Thus, it is in thee and not otherwise than this; action cleaves not to a man. (Even if you act, you will not become bound.)

This verse tells us that if we do not practise this art of life, then we become hurters of our soul. The moment we try to possess and keep it to ourselves, we begin to hurt our soul because it is contrary to Reality. Those who hurt their souls enter into dark sunless worlds. They can never come out unless they learn this art of life. It says very clearly, that there is no other way. If we do not follow this path we will go into the world of darkness. This is the declaration which the Upanishad makes. It gives a very simple rule of divine life, of a true way of life. The third verse states:

asuryā nāma te lokā andhena tamasāvrtāh
tāms te pretyābhigacchanti ye ke cātma–hano janāh – 3

Sunless are those worlds and enveloped in blind gloom whereto all they in their passing hence resort who are slayers of their souls. (Those who hurt their souls when they pass about this world or beyond this world, enter into sunless worlds or gloom.)

This is the real bearing of the entire Upanishad. All the rest is a kind of elucidation of this. It is like a scientist who has trodden all paths of life, experimented upon everything and has come to a conclusion that there is only one path, all the other paths lead to gloom and darkness. If we ever want to come out of the darkness, which one day we will like to, then this is the only path, and is the art of life.