Mantram-5. ( Nature of higher and lower knowledge)
Discussion-2. Master and student .....
This information must have been, to that poor soul, a dreadful shock ( Ref last line discussion-1. : "he was told that he had squandered away the best part of his life in wooing but the 'lower knowledge'. " ).
His eyes ( 'Saunaka' ) must have bulged out, his brows arched and raised; the eyes must have had a look in them which showed the confusion in the mind; probably, there was also a terrific sense of tragedy writ large upon his face!
The Master must certainly have noticed all these carefully and hence he hastens to comfort the disciple by saying that the Supreme Knowledge is that which transcends the word-meaning of the Veda-s and that which is dealt with after the chapters describing ritualism, and that the Supreme Knowledge is that which directly deals with the State of immortality ---n the satisfying terminus of life's pilgrimage.
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To be continued ...