ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।

तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ।। (यजुर्वेद ४०.१)

O Human! The entire world – static as well as dynamic – is pervaded by Ishwar – the Supreme Lord. Hence enjoy the pleasures in a detached manner. Do not be greedy. This wealth does not belong to anyone.

Isha – The Supreme Lord

Vasyam – Inhabits

Idam – This

Sarvam – Everything – every point, every location

Yat – Whatever

Kim Cha – And

Jagtyam – Dynamic world

Jagat – Living and Inanimate World

Tena – These

Tyaktena – With detachment

Bhunjitha – Enjoy

Maa – Do not

Gridhah – Be greedy

Kasyaswit – Whose is

Dhanam – This wealth?

Ishopanishad or the 40th Chapter of Yajurveda forms the foundation of all positive philosophies of the world. The very first mantra sets the tone. In few words, it provides the essence of life and living, structure of world and our ideal approach while we live. It states:

– There are three entities in the world – The world around us (Prakriti), Ishwar who resides everywhere and we – the soul (Atman)– who is being addressed in the mantra.

– We do not own the world around us. The owner – the Ishwar – pervades every point that He owns. Now since we do not own the world, the way we should use the facilities of the world should be without a sense of ownership.

This does not mean we should refuse to use the facilities in the world. By all means, we should make best use of the facilities, but without considering it as our own personal property.

– Under any circumstance, we should not have any greed. Greed is the highest level of foolishness. Neither do we own the world around, nor can we take it with us after we die. Hence running after what eventually would be lost is indeed stupidity. In fact no one can own the world. Even Ishwar owns as a manager and not someone who extracts benefits from the world.

Hence, we should stop acting foolish and start enjoying the world in the true sense.

The mantra teaches another fundamental law of life – You cannot enjoy unless you are detached. The ONLY way to enjoy the world is by getting detached from it. This may seem counter-intuitive on surface but in fact it is not. If you think deeply, you would find that it the lust to own that causes all the worries. Worries start from the very desire of owning something:

– We worry about ways to obtain our desired object.

– Once obtained, we worry about its security and our continued association with it.

– And finally, when it is time to say goodbye, we regret because we now lose it.

In fact true ownership of anything except what you already have – your own self and Ishwar – can simply not happen. It is like chasing a shadow. Sometimes we come very close to it, but it again moves ahead. The only way to chase a shadow is to turn around and face the sun. Instead of chasing the shadow, chase the source of light. And shadow will fall behind.

I recall a joke I heard in childhood where a boy challenged Tees-Maar-Khan (TMK) to touch the red traffic light some distance away and come back while he measures the time. The next morning, TMK was furiously hunting for the boy in the neighborhood. When someone asked whats the matter, he angrily replied, “The boy made me run the entire city behind tail light of a bus!”

I laughed a lot when I first heard it. But gradually I realized this is the dark humor dominating the world today. We all keep chasing the elusive tail light. We glamorize and idolize all those who earned fame, earned wealth, earned power and aspire to be one of them. The hunger never ceases. We keep running for more and more. But we never feel as if we have achieved whatever we ran to achieve. And then suddenly lights go off in this mad race and the show ends. And when the show ends, we all are at same level. All the toys of the world that we collected – name, fame, wealth, power – which we never actually collected but we fooled ourselves to assume that we have collected, evaporate in a split-second. Thus, after all the drama, all the frustrations, all the sacrifices, all the compromises, all the complexities, all the troubles, all the madness, we are back to square one.

An Amitabh, or a Shahrukh, or an Obama, or a Sonia, or a Lalu, or a Pope, or a Zakir, or an Ambani, or an Osama, or a rich, or a poor, or a celebrity, or a non-entity – everyone would die equally rich or equally beggar. Some may argue: “But some of them would leave a legacy that would continue”. But lets be clear – even if legacy continues – no one would be there to even claim that ‘I’ left this legacy. Even the memory of this so-called legacy would wipe out. And then even those people who remember this legacy would also face the same destiny of blankness and forget all the legacies of theirs or their predecessors in one split-second defined as death or “The End” of the show.

In summary, nothing in the world ever belonged to us and nothing gonna go with us despite whatever efforts we may exert to acquire them.

So what are we supposed to do? Sit blankly like a morbid lunatic waiting aimlessly for the final ‘The End’? Well, many a philosophers may suggest so. Some may say that live in present and do not worry about future. Others would suggest that one should enjoy this life to maximum and face the future – death or whatever – when it comes and not bother about it now. Yet another group would advise that death is simply like a fantastic sleep so why worry about it.

But let us be honest, how many of these philosophers and their followers would enjoy their parties and fun when held at gun-point? These all are elusive ideologies that fear to address the core issue and provide only escapades. They are simply attention-distractions. Like a pain-balm which works by confusing the sensation of pain with a new sensation of skin irritation. But then, somewhere from some corner in this body, something raises an alarm – that soon “THE END” would come.

It is natural that all living beings fear and avoid death. If death were indeed so painless, why would there be a natural revulsion to death? Why does society consider murder as greatest crime? This is so intuitively built-in within us that we do not even need to explain this. This is implicit in all the actions we carry in our lives. And when we associate this fact of death with all the running around to gather temporary wealth that we indulge into, we clearly know that we are acting foolish. THIS CANNOT BE GOAL OF LIFE WHEN WE KNOW WE CAN NEVER ACQUIRE IT.

The very first mantra of Ishopanishad, very succinctly not only states that chasing the tail light of bus is simply a foolishness, but also offers a clue to what else should be done. It provides not a pain-balm but addresses the root cause of pain in the very first words of the mantra:  That everything is inhabited by the Supreme Lord.

The solution is clear – instead of pursuing what we can never obtain, pursue what is already everywhere – within and outside you. Pursue the Ishwar. Since He is the manager of the entire world, since He alone would remain closest to you forever and wherever you go, so as a smart person, simply follow Him. Instead of chasing a desire that is technically impossible, pursue what is most achievable and most beneficial. Since He is already with and within us, to pursue Him implies understanding Him and conducting actions as per this knowledge.

Thus, the mantra changes the very approach towards life. Instead of being owners of anything including our relations, our body, our thoughts, our minds, our properties, our clothes, our degrees, our fame, our wealth etc etc, we are simply being employees of Ishwar.

– This world is our workplace or our office or company “World Inc”.

– Each thought, each word, each action is being appraised every moment by the CEO – Ishwar – and he keeps promoting or demoting us accordingly.

– We head the business unit called “Me and My World Inc” but Ishwar is the Supreme Head of all such business units.

– We have to work together to maximize profits not only for the Business Unit that we head but for entire organization.

– And we have to work here in same manner as we work in our professional life. The pen, the laptop, the chair, the table, the office facilities, the car that company provides, the flight in which we travel for business purpose etc are not OWNED by us. But we use them and use them with FULL enjoyment – for the sole purpose of the organization. Same goes for World Inc.

– Anyone who uses company resources for his personal gains is penalized in an ethically driven company as per Corporate Governance. In the “World Inc”, we are punished similarly for any cheating that we do against the code of world governance.

– In the mortal company, punishments and rewards are delayed. But in the perfect World Inc, everything is instantaneous. He is present everywhere to ensure this. And he ensures what we get is what we deserve – neither less nor more.

Thus the mantra asks us to enjoy the world and work in it as Business Heads who own ownership of actions and not the resources. All our actions should maximize the profits of entire company and we all should report only to the CEO – the Ishwar. Ishwar, being the smartest CEO, would provide us the resources that we need to fulfill our objectives. Our goal is not to maximize these resources in our business unit but to fulfill the objectives of entire organization.

With this professional business oriented approach towards life, there is no more any scope for fear, worry or aimlessness. Instead of trying in vain to enjoy life because we want to elude the ultimate “THE END”, we tend to proactively and truly start enjoying life with a passion to maximize our achievements before the “INTERVAL” so that we are provided even higher designations after the “INTERVAL”.

Suddenly we don’t feel the need to try being brave and daring in life. We instead feel that to be natural trait of ours. We don’t feel like either running away or indulging in the world. We instead feel like smart managers who UTILIZE the world and its resources for our ultimate objectives. We don’t feel the need to wasting time in enormous fluff of myriad philosophies that only an idle person has time to analyze. We instead feel extremely goal oriented who focus only on what needs to increase the profits. We don’t feel scared of losing any of the world’s resources because we don’t own them in first place. We instead focus every moment on what we have and what we need to acquire for the company goals. If there is a airplane to our destination, we feel no hitch nor any special pride in availing it. We simply use it, plan for next business target and enjoy the process. If there is no airplane, we still feel the same exhilaration pursuing our goals in the bullock cart or cycle or whatever.

We still aspire for wealth and riches and better facilities in world. We still aspire for fame and glory. But we aspire not for our own self. We aspire these only for the goals of this World Inc. We aspire only TO EXTENT THEY FULFILL goals of World Inc. Its no more ‘for me only’. It is for the mission of ‘Idanna Mama’ – ‘Not mine’. Thus instead of being beggars dreaming to be tycoons, we become most well-paid Business Heads of the company!

The mantra summarizes the essence of ‘Idanna Mama’ (Not mine) and ‘Swaha’ (for the larger goal alone) that form the bedrock of Vedic ideology. No wonder, the same values are honored in the most professional and respected of worldly organizations. And that is what makes them successful. When these can achieve so much success by scratching a very tiny surface of Vedic wisdom, just imagine the level of success that is waiting for us when we immerse into Vedas!

One who understands the crux of this mantra even partially would make himself a winner. Instead of wasting time collecting sand and pebbles that eventually will be snatched away from us, the smart follower of this mantra would utilize his stay to collect the jewels that would go with him when the show ends for others! And while others would face the consequences of being corrupt, the smart manager would win his next level of promotion. Further, even in this life, the fools waste life chasing elusive happiness that never comes to them and instead gather tremendous amount of emptiness, frustration, guilt, shame, regret, fear, tension beneath the false gimmick of outwardly bliss. The smart manager, all the while, gathers true bliss, true happiness and enjoys being promoted to further bliss in each moment of noble action.

One may ask, what these noble actions are and what are the goals of World Inc that we are expected to pursue. Now you don’t need any special prophet or incarnation or miracle to tell you that. You simply need to follow your inner voice of accepting the truth and rejecting the falsehood in every moment of life through thoughts, words and actions in most optimal manner. Everything else is derived from this core most inherent intuitive mission. Even need to master Vedas is a derivative of this core essence.

If we delve into this deeply, we would find that this in itself justifies why following the inspiration of Ishwar alone to achieve Ishwar alone through knowledge is the right and only way to achieve bliss. Vedas provide detailed explanations to this and increase our speed and effectiveness. Thus Vedas are the corporate policy guidelines of World Inc. Not only is the text available for reference, but for ease of all, the same has also been inherently copied in our own self a-priori. This is what intuitively keeps inspiring us to do good for the world, pursue happiness, spread knowledge, get into action etc.

We shall in course of more detailed understanding of Vedic Mantras, keep reviewing what these goals are and how are they to be applied as per the Policy guidelines of Vedas. But those willing to explore more details are requested to review

O Ishwar, may my ignorance that leads me to ignoring You and chasing the world that was never mine be destroyed forever. I promise to put my best efforts for this. With Your blessings I promise to seek You and You alone because You alone are source of bliss! May this noble thought always prevail in me!

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Already so many people have responded and appreciated the way you have tried to explain the mantra. It’s very beautiful way of imagination and trying to make some sense and relate to how people think in today’s world.

Preety Sharma

Excellent explaination of the mantras….Lately , I have developed this feeling of reading vedas and understanding and follow the teachings…The meaning of each and every word in the shlokas and mantras has been explained by your team in a wonderful manner….Keep the Good work going!!!!


Lol…nice reply

Truth Seeker

It is great book on Upnishad in download Section.

I saw a comment concerning Sanyas being isolation. Well it’s not that, and is a little more complicated. To put it simply, we can say that true sanyas is renunciation of results of actions. And sanyas in general is renunciation of certain karma, (societal duty). It’s not really isolation. Correct… Read more »
Truth Seeker

I know that why I posted it here.
Both have given word by word translation. But I could not understand Translation given by Vedmandir.com. So I put it here.


Brother TS

Jamnagar one looks logical. Vedmandir’s is not making much sense.

Truth Seeker
@Vajra / Agniveer/ Other Scholar There is Mantra of A.V. which I posted at vedmandir.com for translation but I could not understand translation given By Ram Swaroop Ji, Please u put some light on this. Translation given by Swami like this:- & I have pasted link at bottom of my… Read more »

Because your english translation has no correlation with what written on the webpage…


Do you know hindi?


कृष्ण का खुद का कल्याण हुआ कि नही इस पर ही विद्वानों को संशय उत्पन्न होता है।
-स्वामी दयानन्द


‘यदहरेव विरजेत् तदहरेव प्रव्रजेत् गृहाद्वावनाद्वाब्रह्मचर्यादेव प्रव्रजेत।
-जिस दिन वैराग्य हो उसी दिन संन्यास ले ले, घर से, वन से या ब्रह्मचर्य आश्रम से। ‘ जो व्यक्ति समाधि द्वारा ईश्वर का प्रत्यक्ष कर लेता है उसे तुरन्त संन्यास ले लेना चाहिये।


-this is not my personal view. A swami said this to me.


——the way we should use the facilities of the world should be without a sense of ownership.—–

Then what is Sanyas?


Brother Shravak

Sanyas is exactly what you have quoted from the article. Each one of us should be Sanyasi. Sanyas does not mean coloring your cloths and having your head shaven. It is the ideal state which all people should approach towards.


@Brother Vajra

means any person can be a sanyasi, even a grahsta?

Brother Shravak Yes if he/she exhibits the required traits. I believe Ram, Krishna, Yajnavalkya etc were all Grahasth Sanyasi. Because they were, in their Grahastha itself, devoid of worldly desires ( three Eshnas (desires) viz. Dhan (wealth), Putra (child), and Lok (fame)). We can say that the day a person… Read more »
Bro Shravak 1. Sanyas is just opposite to living in isolation. According to Rishi Manu, spreading of knowledge is done in Sanyas and as you know, spreading cant take place when one is alone 🙂 2. Logically, self improvement and charity should go hand in hand. Because self imp and… Read more »

@Bro Vajra

Formal declaration of Sanyas means living in isolation and concentrate more on ourselves? If yes, then if the situation demands can we come back again in Grahasti.

The sanyas you’re talking about is the sanyas of vivekanada(for others) or of dayananda saraswati(self-upliftment).

thanks a lot agniveerji … this post really helped me a lot .. i am going through a tough time … but just reading this made me feel better … i will try to put this message into practice … You guys are doing a great job .. keep it… Read more »
Truth Seeker
@Namaste dear Sisters/Brothers I am really confused & I always think is it correct & how can it be possible? God is in blood but blood can not touch the God/Ishwar. Read below Question: ” Agar god is everywhere to sharaab main bhi hoga, cigreete main bhi hoga.. har buri… Read more »
Namaste truthseeker. Many may differ from me, but what I understand by the word omnipresent is not his presence every where, rather he himself is everything. And every thing has a purpose. We should understand the purpose for existance and use them accordingly. If we are not using it for… Read more »
Namaste Truth Seeker ————Agar god is everywhere to sharaab main bhi hoga, cigreete main bhi hoga.. har buri cheez main hoga.. phir in cheezo ko bura kyun kaha gaya hai————– Koi cheez apne aap mein buri nahi hai. Buri vah tab ho jaati hai jab uska prayog us kaam ke… Read more »
Truth Seeker
@Vajara Namaste Brother Thank You brother, very nicely you have explained the Truth. Your comments always full of inspiration & true knowledge for all of us. But here is word ” rit”, I have first time read/listened this word. & How “Rit’ is used with Ishwar. Which is the name… Read more »
Brother Truth Seeker All thanks should go to Agniveer for taking the initiative to have forum like this that provides thought provoking articles as well as space for truth seekers to exchange views. Rit (ऋत) as far as I understand means Unchangeable laws/perfect knowledge possessed by Eeshvar. I think the… Read more »
Truth Seeker

@ Agniveer/ Vedic Scholar
What is truth as per Vedic views? Is truth changeable? I think truth is unchangeable/eternal. Please put some light this.

Brother Truth Seeker In Vedic literature, two words are worth noticing in this subject. One is “Satya” and another is “Rit”. Satya is the understanding of anything “X” understood by a soul at a given point in time and thus changeable. Rit is what “X” actually is and thus unchangeable.… Read more »

Namste All,

How to eradicate negative thoughts/sadistic approach?
Agniveer ji adviced us to not to read newspapers at early morning bcoz nowadays NP’s contains mostly the negative content.

Any other suggestions?


Namaste shravak

I advice you to read articles of the series Vedic lessons on the site. You should also read Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth) by Swami Dayanand.

original siva
i want to say one thing to agniveer ji and his team why do you buckle down under the muslims that they have a very high number in world population.just see the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups so buddhism (inidan originated and our brother religion)and other indian originated relegion equal rather outnumber them.aukkkkkkkkkkkaddddd… Read more »
original siva
YOU DISGUISED SIVA using cheap tactics.if everything belongs to ishwar who is neutral.you have to burn ur calories to get something from him and temporarily as stated in the gita is yours for ur suistainence of ur soul in the physical body.otherwise ur the infinite .this muslim has lost his… Read more »
Hey do not curse allah bcoz they do to our deities…If dog bites you and if you bite back then whats the difference b/n you and him. Allah, amba, akka and amma are the synonyms for durga. Also Allah=Al+ila=The ‘ilah’=The shakthi(durga). Bhasmilah=bhasma+ilah=shiva+shakthi. OR Bhasmilah=bhasma+allah=shiva+shakthi. Eitherway its the basic principle of… Read more »
original siva

this one i belive is a muslim as he is talking refering to god by name ishwar and not bhagwan(ishwar is taught to them by their new prophet(SAW) TERROIST SHAMELESSSSSSSS ,IDIOT ALMIGHTYYYYYYYYYYMUNNABHAI QUACK DR ZAKIR NALAYAK


whoooooooooooooo is this new siva

Hi agniveerji. I had a doubt please clear it. According to this article everything belongs to ishwar. Suppose if i occupies your house and say it belongs to ishwar and we can to share it. Since it is not yours and belongs to ishwar What will you do? Do you… Read more »
Well ans my question first. The office in which you are working is not your property, am I right ? If another employee takes your position and says this position is not your, lets share it. How will you deal with this situation and what will be the best way… Read more »
Here am I, one of the least of Hindu race, yet proud of my race, proud of my ancestors. I am proud to call myself a Hindu, I am proud that I am one of your unworthy servants, I am proud that I am a countryman of yours, you the… Read more »
Excellent post. I think Isha Upanishad is darn good treatise on the way Upanishads illuminate Vedic God. Many think that Upanishads are like an instruction manual but they penetrate the Vedas in multiple ways and present the ideas and move beyond the abstraction of Vedas in the context of discussions… Read more »

please get the main points published so that all can read this….in less time and money….. avoid those verses which can create divisions….


Kindly if possible help to provide the articles on Self-Transformation in Hindi also. Thank you.

a learner to faith
just left me wordless!!!!!! especially the analogy of the World Inc. A new Sun has risen i feel i would have been in ignorance had i not found this site… hats off to Maharishi Dayanad’s Back To Vedas slogan…. and hats off to agniveer for trying to make it a… Read more »
Indian Agnostic

Simply amazing ! hats off Agniveer Ji !

i have no qualms in parking my own school of thought aside and assimilating this beautifully explained practicable insight

This is all that one needs to know and do !

Good after reading few times, I could grasp some of the meaning of what you wrote. One question is that are you a native speaker of English because enjoy has context of pleasure, or sense gratification. So some people choose not to use instead happiness, or happy as this is… Read more »

@ SS,
See logic says if you are detached from world you cannot enjoy the world but can be happy.

the brahman can’t be logic. tharkam is not for thathva. here his means is “Ananda”. Sat Chit Ananda state is the same.

Mritunjay Pandey

Excellent thoughts….

Thank you Sir, It was a pleasure reading the valuable material. I must say that my knowledge of Vedas is quite limited, hence would certainly appreciate more such knowledge. BUT quite surprised, how to manage to give such “deep analysis” of the mantra. Great Effort. Isn’t it amusing that it… Read more »
Agniveer! I dont have words to describe what you have added to my life through your wisdom and courage. I dont see you just as a bunch of scholars but true defenders of Hinduism. I proudly claim that I am your follower and you are the only ray of hope… Read more »
Vijai Singh
Namsteji, Actually we don’t need to know 20,000 mantras or even ten. Know one, especially this one, and put it into practice. They all pretty much tell the same story. Most important it says do not covet, even the life of an innocent creature. “There is no turpitude in drinking… Read more »

Hi Agniveer
May God bless you for the work you are doing.As today is the birthday of swami vivekananda i want you to throw some light on his great work and teachings.


Agniveer Ji, truly said, I have experienced His justice and reward system personally in my life . He has said in vedas Do astang Yoga, Agnihotra, listen and follow vedas, that is My True worship. Infact if you follow all three , your mind become pure, when you pray Him… Read more »
Jay Maheshwary
Dear Agniveer Ji, Namaste ! I need to know all 4 Vedas that should be translated by any Hindu Scholar not by Ralph Griffith-1896. So, please show me the website where I can learn all 4 Vedas that show English Translation done by Hindu Scholar. Waiting for your reply. It… Read more »
Jay Maheshwary
Dear Agniveer Ji, The beauty of this great verse is as eternal as Supreme God Himself. & how beautifully this verse has been explained by Agniveer Ji, thanks and I realized you are really a good scientists of our Vedas. For which the more we admire, the lesser it is.… Read more »



Amazing ! Simply fantastic !

Imagine if One single mantra gives so much insight, what would 20000 do !

And most importantly, the language of article helps everyone to connect it with contemporary world

Thanks a tonne to the panel of scholars of Agniveer !

Vishal Kumar
Namaste Agniveer Team, Great Shalok taken from Veda , suggest the Mankind a true way of leaving in this world of illusion & right approach towards the life. One thing more I would say, How great and vast literature of Sanskrit Language. This shows the greatness of language. If I… Read more »