Those of you who have been following the discussion on Isa Vasya Upanishad, may have noticed that Aurobindo (Isa vasya Upanishad : Aurobindo on the first eight Mantras) uses asUryAh nama tE lOkAh as the beginning of the third mantram, instead of asuryAh as used by Sankaracharya.
That means it is to the sunless worlds ( enveloped by blinding darkness… that go, the self-destructive people, having been sent).
NASA has a nice write-up about planets without a Sun : http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/18may_orphanplanets/
“May 18, 2011: Astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds are probably outcasts from developing planetary systems and, moreover, they could be twice as numerous as the stars themselves.
“Although free-floating planets have been predicted, they finally have been detected,” said Mario Perez, exoplanet program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “[This has] major implications for models of planetary formation and evolution.”
The discovery is based on a joint Japan-New Zealand survey that scanned the center of the Milky Way galaxy during 2006 and 2007, revealing evidence for up to 10 free-floating planets roughly the mass of Jupiter. The isolated orbs, also known as orphan planets, are difficult to spot, and had gone undetected until now. The planets are located at an average approximate distance of 10,000 to 20,000 light years from Earth.
Previous observations spotted a handful of free-floating planet-like objects within star-forming clusters, with masses three times that of Jupiter. But scientists suspect the gaseous bodies form more like stars than planets. These small, dim orbs, called brown dwarfs, grow from collapsing balls of gas and dust, but lack the mass to ignite their nuclear fuel and shine with starlight. It is thought the smallest brown dwarfs are approximately the size of large planets. A video from JPL describes the microlensing technique astronomers used to detect the orphan planets.
On the other hand, it is likely that some planets are ejected from their early, turbulent solar systems, due to close gravitational encounters with other planets or stars. Without a star to circle, these planets would move through the galaxy as our sun and others stars do, in stable orbits around the galaxy’s center. The discovery of 10 free-floating Jupiters supports the ejection scenario, though it’s possible both mechanisms are at play. ”
So what should you do?
If you cant afford to be an astronaut and want to visit these galaxy-centre (Vishnu Nabhi) orbiting – sunless planets be self-destructive by all means.
And how can you be self-destructive? You can’t destroy your Self or Atman, that leaves your body and mind. Sankara says that the way to destroy your mind is to refuse to educate it. But given that your body and mind die together when you do (you manas is tied to your senses)., who is it that goes to these ‘sunless worlds’ and when are they sent?
If only the everywhere-going, nowhere-going Self outlasts your body then the idea of visiting a sunless world or being sent there at the end of your life makes no sense at all.
So you would have to visit these dark worlds while your body and mind are alive, and since your body cant go.. its your mind that would have to go.
An explanation in modern English :
I would agree with Sankaracharya, that if you are self-destructive by refusing to educate yourself on the truth of matters, then you will go into mighty/sunless worlds enveloped by darkness… but when you are alive. Since only the Self does anything, only the Self can send your mind anywhere.
So if you refuse to be illumined, it is your mind that will go to the worlds of darkness (depression/misery/ignorance).
So? Educate yourself. Learn. Instead of AtmahAni : self-harm (non-study), do Atma vRddhi : self-growth (learn)!
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