The Mandukya Upanishad is considered to be the most important of the 14 Upanishads.
The complete list of Upanishads include: Chandogya , Isa, Aitareya, Mahanarayana, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Kausitaki, and the Maitri.
The Mandukya Upanishad is the shortest of all describing our true divinity in just 12 verses. Describing the 4 states/aspects/conditions of consciousness.
Describing the relationship of AUM to the final incommunicable phenomena, the pure, the one, the true ‘OM’.
The Four States/Aspects/Conditions of Consciousness
- Waking/The Waker ( Vaishwanara ): You’re awake – Corresponds to the letter A
- Dreaming/ The Dreamer ( Taijasa ): The dream world – Corresponds to the letter U
- Dreamless Sleep/ The Sleeper ( Prajna ): Lord of wisdom, the universal – Corresponds to the letter M
- Turiya/Super Conscious/Pure Truth: Oneness to all – Corresponds to OM
Direct English Translation of Mandukya Upanshad (PDF)
This video gives a great overview of AUM and OM and the connection to Divinity.
Download Swami Krishnananda’s interpretation of Mandukya Upanishad (english PDF)