"Mandukya" is a word in Samskrtam meaning 'Frog.'
So Mandukya Upanishad would becomen 'froggish' scripture, if I may be permitted to use such a word.
The reason, why of all the creatures, this particular creature, frog, has been given this great dignity as to be in the very title of the Upanishad, was explained to me by a Mahatma, and his words were, indeed, very appealing both to the head and heart.
The explanation is as follows : -
Frog is an animal that remains for about nine to ten months in a year hibernating either in the mud at the bottom of tanks and water pool or among accumulated dirt and rubbish.
They thus remain the major part of the year in seclusion and quietude, seemingly meditating upon themselves, renouncing all activities, all desiring, demanding, procuring, consuming or wanting.
They come out in the rainy season to croak their message which, though harsh, certainly lends a charm of its own, to the wet and the rainy days.
To be continued ....