ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : - Mantram -1.






ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :

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VAJASANEYI    SAMHITA    UPANISHAD 



Mantram -1.



Discussion- 12. "dhana" ..... ( charity )


The 'Puranic'  ideal  of  charity  (  dhanam )  also  can  be  read  into  this  phrase  
"tyaktena   bhunjithah."

Giving  is  the  true  enjoyment  of  wealth.

Make  wealth  as  much  as  you  can  by  right  means,  and  hold  on  to  it   as  a  trustee.

Give  it  away  intelligently    to  patronise  right  causes....   .......

thus   enjoy.




Covet  not  wealth,  nor  hoard  it  to  lie  idle.

For,  whose  is  the  wealth?

It  belongs  to  the  community,  and  it  must  go  back.

Yours  shall  be  the  enjoyment  .......  of  making  it,  of  distributing  it  back  to  the 

 deserving  individuals  or  institutions.



Just  to  show  how  Samskrtam  commentators  have  used  their  ingenuity  to  milk  out  of  the  Mantram  more  and  more  meaning,  here  mentioned  how  
"Tena  tyaktena  bhunjithah"  has  been  interpreted  as  "Tena   tyakte   na   bhunjithah"  :  'By  Him   ( tena )   if  forsaken    ( tykte   sati  )  don't  ( na )   enjoy
( bhunjithah)  ---   meaning  "Never  enjoy  that  which  is  God   forsaken."


This  is,  however,  not  at  all  acceptable,  as  the  splitting  of  'tyaktena'  is  not  permissible  or  acceptable.

But  the  suggestion  is  pregnant  with  its  sweetness.

Next : Discussion - 13. "Do  not  covet  the  wealth  of  another." .....

To  be  continued  ......



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