ISAVASYA UPANISHAD : Mantram : 15.







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Mantram-15.



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 ....

        

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