Mundaka literally means "Shaving of the head".
This Upanishad, therefore, is called as the "Shaving Upanishad or the Upanishad of the
Shaving Upanishad ---- because its contents remove the super-imposed veil of "Ignorance"
obscuring the "Atma" through direct and penetrating exposition of the "Higher Knowledge"
like a razor removes the hairs from the head;
and "Upanishad of the Tonsured" --- because it is primarily intended for "Sannyasin-s"
to help them in their quest for the attainment of the Eternal and the imperishable.
This 'Mantropanishad' consisting of sixty-four Mantra-s, rendered in a picturesque language, couched in a varied and charming metre and diction which are uniformly sublime,
belongs to "Atharva-Vedam."
All serious 'sadaka-s' will spiritually benefit by practicing repeated contemplation upon its teachings.
It is divided into three 'chapters or Mundaka-s' and each of these in turn into two
'sections or Kanda-s.'
This Upanishad contains some of the famous, beautiful and often quoted analogies in Upanishadic literature.
To be continued .....