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Mundakopanishad : Introduction-1.








Mundaka-Upanishad :


Introduction :


Part-1.


Mundaka  literally  means  "Shaving  of  the  head".

This  Upanishad,  therefore,  is  called  as  the  "Shaving  Upanishad  or  the  Upanishad  of  the
"Tonsured."

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  .....



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etat  aksharam  =  this  syllable;
idam  sarvam  =  ( is )  all  this;
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iti  =  thus  ( belonging  to );
sarvam  =  all  this;
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ca  =  and;
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tat  =  that;
api  =  also;
Omkarah  =  ( is )  Omkara;
eva  =  only.

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