On the ultimate nature of reality or the Universal Soul.
“No one can understand the sound of a drum, without understanding both the drum and the drummer. No one can understand the sound of a conch shell, without understanding the shell and the one who blows it. No one can understand the sound of a lute, without understanding both the lute and the one who plays it. As there can be no water without the sea, no touch without the skin, no smell without the nose, no taste without the tongue, no sound without the ear, no thought without the mind, no work without the hands, and no walking without feet, so there can be nothing without the soul.
When you throw a lump of salt into water, it dissolves; you cannot take it out again, and hold it in your hands. Yet if you sip any part of the water, the salt is present. In the same way the soul can be perceived everywhere and anywhere; the soul has no limit or boundary.
At present there is a duality. ‘You perceive other beings: you see them, hear them, smell them, and think about them. Yet when you know the soul, and when you recognize that the soul within you is the soul of all beings, how can you perceive other beings? How can you see and hear them, smell then and think about them? How can you regard yourself as subject and other beings as objects, when you know that all are one? "
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1:4.1–4, 8
Country: Sri Lanka
“To those who abide in Unity”