The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita opens with the audacious statement that all these are illegitimate problems caused by ignorance about the real nature of the self. Drawing upon the essence of all Upanishads, Gita explains how the self, the atman, is limitless, indestructible, unborn. This knowledge, Brahmavidya, frees one from all sense of limitation. This is the principal teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.
‘Ananda Mimamsa — The pursuit of happiness’ has such value and legitimacy that it is widely considered an inalienable human right. But where does this fit in – or does it – with the deepest or most fundamental human pursuit, the pursuit of absolute truth of everything. The Rishis equated the search for truth with a search for ananda. This should give us pause, raising the question of what is ananda, exactly, and what is its connection to truth? The Taittiriya Upanishad addresses this issue in an elaborate analysis.