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The Upanishads (Sanskrit: उपनिषद्, IAST: Upaniṣad, IPA: [upəniʂəd]) are a collection of holy texts which form the philosophical basis of Hinduism.

Revolutions soundtrackEdit

When Don Davis suggested to the Wachowskis that a text be used by the choir for The Matrix Revolutions' soundtrack, ideally in a dead language, the Watchowskis selected a number of verses from the Upanishads, which reflect the Matrix philosophy.

Sanskrit Transliteration Translation Source Soundtrack
अ' सतो मा स' द्गमय asato ma sad gamaya From the unreal (delusion) lead me to the real (truth) Brihad Aranyaka (1.3.28) Neodammerung (lines 1 and 2)
त' मसो मा ज्यो' तिर्गमय, tamaso ma jyotir gamaya From the darkness lead me to the light Brihad Aranyaka (1.3.28) Neodammerung (line 3)
मृत्यो' र्मामृतं गमये' ति॥ mrtyor mamrtam gamaya From death lead me to immortality Brihad Aranyaka (1.3.28) Neodammerung (line 4)
विद्यां चाविद्यां च यस्तद्वेदोभयँ सह vidyam cavidyam ca yas tad vedobhayam saha He that perceives both knowledge together with ignorance Isha Upanishad (11) Neodammerung (line 5)
अविद्यया मृत्युं तीर्त्वा विद्ययाऽमृतमश्नुते avidyaya mrtyum tirtva vidyayamrtam asnute

[knows that] with ignorance crosses over death and with knowledge immortality is enjoyed

Isha Upanishad (11) Neodammerung (line 6)
यस्मिन् द्यौः पृथिवी चान्तरिक्षमोतं yasmin dyauh prthivi cantariksamotam In him are woven the sky and the earth and all the regions of the air Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.5) Neodammerung (line 7)
मनः सह प्राणैश्च सर्वैः manah saha pranais ca sarvaih And in him rest the mind and all the powers of life Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.5) Neodammerung (line 8)
तमेवैकं जानथ आत्मानमन्या वाचो tam evaikam janatha atmanam anya vacah Know him as the One and leave aside all other words Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.5) Neodammerung (line 9)
विमुञ्चथामृतस्यैष सेतुः vimuncatha amrtasya esah setuh He is the bridge of immortality Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.5) Neodammerung (line 10)
इन्द्रियेभ्यः परं मनो मनसः सत्त्वमुत्तमम् indriyebhyah param mano manasah sattvam uttamam Beyond the senses is the mind, and beyond the mind is reason, its essence Katha Upanishad (6.7) Neodammerung (line 11)
सत्त्वादधि महानात्मा महतोऽव्यक्तमुत्तमम् sattvad adhi mahan atma mahato vyaktam uttamam Beyond reason is the Spirit in man, and beyond this is the Spirit of the Universe, the evolver of all. Katha Upanishad (6.7) Neodammerung (line 12)
यदा पञ्चावतिष्ठन्ते ज्ञानानि मनसा सह yada pancavatisthante jnanani manasa saha When the five senses and the mind are still Katha Upanishad (6.10) Neodammerung (line 13)
बुद्धिश्च न विचेष्टते तामाहुः परमां गतिम् buddhis ca na vicestate tam ahuh paramam gatim And reason itself rests in silence, then begins the Path supreme. Katha Upanishad (6.10) Neodammerung (line 14)
Ya ya ya ya yada yadaya Ya ya ya ya yada yada yada yada Yada yada yada yada yada So on and so forth, so on and so forth, so on and so forth Neodammerung (line 15)
भिद्यते हृदयग्रन्थिश्छिद्यन्ते सर्वसंशयाः bhidyate hrdayagranthis chidyante sarvasamsayah And when he is seen in his immanence and transcendence, then the ties that have bound the heart are unloosened Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.8) Neodammerung (line 16)
क्षीयन्ते चास्य कर्माणि तस्मिन् दृष्टे परावरे ksiyante casya karmani tasmin drste paravare The doubts of the mind vanish, and the law of Karma works no more Mundaka Upanishad (2.2.8) Neodammerung (line 17)

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