Mundakopanishad : " Nature of higher and lower knowledge" -Mantram-5.






Mundaka-Upanishad


Chapter-1,


Section-1,


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.

Next : Discussion-3. 'Akshara'  ....

To be continued  ...
         

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