ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : Mantram : 15.
ISAVASYA UPANISHAD :
VAJASANEYI SAMHITA UPANISHAD
Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham,
tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya-dharmaya drstaye.
hiranmayena = golden;
patrena = by the vessel ( means lid );
satyasya = of truth;
apihitam = covered;
mukham = face;
tat = that;
tvam = you;
pusan = O Sun;
apavrnu = do open;
satya-dharmaya = the practitioner of truth;
drstaye = for beholding.
( 15 ). " The face of Truth is covered by a golden lid;
remove, O Sun, that ( covering ) for me, the practitioner of Truth, so that I may behold It."
Discussion-1. On the face of it, this is a prayer raised to Lord Sun invoking his grace and blessing so that the seeker may have the strength to remove the golden veil that hides the vision of Truth.
And this is the prayer of the dying personality on its death-bed --- the meditation-seat.
It is interesting to note that there are two recensions for this Upanishad : the Kanva and Madhyandina.
According to the latter this is the last Mantram, while the Upanishad, as it stands, full with its 18 mantram-s, is acceptable in the Kanva reading.
This need not be considered as a confusion, because this mantram onward, till the end, it is the Prayer --- and thus these can be considered altogether as one wave-of-thought ( vakya ).
Discussion-1. continued next ....