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MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : INTRODUCTION-9.


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MANDUKYA UPANISHAD
  INTRODUCTION-9.

I suppose  this  is  a  sufficient  introduction  to  give  us  the  necessary  picture  of  the  layout   of  the  extensive  fields  of  Veda  and  to  indicate  in  it  the  exact  place  occupied  by  the  sacred  Temple  of  our  Knowledge  -  the  Upanishad.

Tomorrow  we  shall  directly  go  into  the  text-book.

At  this  moment  I  would  request  you  not  to  bring  any  text-book  into  the  Yajnasala.

We  have  read  sufficiently  and  to  all  of  you  there  are  endless  libraries  of  books  available  to  read  all  through  your  life.

But  here  the  transaction  is  not  to  play  with  mere  academical  knowledge  but  we  shall  try  to  walk  hand-in-hand  step by  step,  through  the  unlit  corridors  of  this  neglected  temple  into  the  very  presence  of  the  Mighty  Self  that  reigns  Supreme  in  Eternal  Silence!

To be continued  ...


 

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"AGAMA PRAKARANA"
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"Sarvam  hyetad  Brahma,  ayam-atma Brahma,
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sarvam - all;

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etat -this;

brahma - this (is)  BRAHMAM;

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sah - That ( BRAHMAM );

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"AGAMA PRAKARANA"
( The Scriptural Treatise )

Mantram-2

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Mantram-3

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Jagarita-sthano  bahih  prajnah  saptanga

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sapta  angah  :  has seven limbs;

ekona  vimsati  mukhah  :  has nineteen mouths;

sthula-bhuk  :  experiencer of  gross objects;

vaisvanarah   :  (is)  vaisvanara;

prathamah  :  first;

padah  ;  quarter.

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