The Hollywood film Matrix in vedic background
Verses from the Upanishads used in the film “Matrix”:
From delusion lead me to truth
From darkness lead me to light
From death lead me to immortality
vidyam cavidyam ca yas
tad vedobhayam saha
avidyaya mrtyum tirtva
He who knows both knowledge and action, with action overcomes death and with knowledge reaches immortality.
yasmin dyauh prthivi cantariksam otam manah saha pranais ca sarvaih tam evaikam janatha atmanam anya vacah vimuncatha amrtasya esah setuh
In him are woven the sky and the earth and all the regions of the air, and in him rest the mind and all the powers of life. Know him as the ONE and leave aside all other words. He is the bridge of immortality.
indriyebhyah param mano
manasah sattvam uttamam
sattvad adhi mahan atma
mahato vyaktam uttamam
Beyond the senses is the mind, and beyond the mind is reason, its essence. Beyond reason is the Spirit in man, and beyond this is the Spirit of the Universe, the evolver of all.
jnanani manasa saha
buddhis ca na vicestate
tam ahuh paramam gatim
When the five senses and the mind are still, and reason itself rests in silence, then begins the Path supreme.
Ya ya ya ya yada yadaya
Ya ya ya ya yada yada yada yada
Yada yada yada yada yada
ksiyante casya karmani
tasmin drste paravare
And when he is seen in his immanence and transcendence, then the ties that have bound the heart are unloosened, the doubts of the mind vanish, and the law of Karma works no more
These are the lyrics to Neodammerung, the epic music that plays throughout the Super-brawl. The original language is Sanskrit.
I believe the first three lines sum up the trilogy.
“From delusion lead me to truth” – in the first film Neo becomes aware of the truth about his reality, and escapes the delusion of the Matrix
“From darkness lead me to light” – in Reloaded Neo is enlightened about the true nature of the Matrix.
“From death lead me to immortality” – In Revolutions Neo dies in the real world, but his mind is immortalised in the Source.
Smith’s deletion completes the Hindu allegory present throughout the film. The Source manifests itself in the Matrix as white light.
This excerpt from the BrihadÃ¢ranyaka Upanishad describes the death process of the enlightened:
“When consciousness that is in the eye turns back, the dying man no longer sees any form. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not see. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not smell. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not taste. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not speak. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not hear. “He is becoming one,” they say; “he does not think or touch or know.”
The Smith that Neo becomes does nothing, he does not think or touch or know. Neo has “The point of his heart lights up, and by that light the Self departs, either through the eye, or the skull, or through some other door of the body.”