Mundakopanishad : { A seeker seeing meaningless-ness of the wordly and heavenly pleasures advised to approach a teacher and seek 'Supreme Knowledge.' } Mantram-12.






Mundaka-Upanishad

 Chapter-1.

 Section-2. ( Rituals )

 Mantram-12. { A  seeker  seeing  meaninglessness  of  the  worldly  and  heavenly  pleasures  advised  to  approach  a  teacher  and  seek  "Supreme  Knowledge." }

 Mantram-12.

Discussion-9. "The  term  ' Samit-panih' in  the  fourth  line  of  the  mantram  ...."

"Samit-panih"  :  Here  is  a  bit  of  instruction  to  a  perfect  student  on  how  he  must  approach the  teacher.

In  olden  days,  the  practice  was  to  carry  a  bundle  of  fire-wood  ( samit ) ( i. e , fuel  for  cooking, )  or  it  may  be  Margo  ( Nima ) -twigs  (  used  for  brushing  the  teeth)  as  a  symbol  of  the  desciple's  readiness  to  surrender  totally  to  the  Master  and  tune  himself  through  continuous  and  tireless  service.


Somewhere,  we  have  seen  another  interpretation  given  to  this  significant  sign.

According  to  that,  the  twigs  may  symbolize  that  the  disciple  is  declaring  that  he  has  reached  the  feet  of  the  Guru,  after  having  burnt  all  his  negative  impressions,  animal  tendencies,  egoistic  vanities  and  foolish  attachment  with  the  sense-world.

Next : Discussion-10. Summation.....

To be continued   .....      



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