MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : Chapter-1. "AGAMA PRAKARANA" ( The Scriptural Treatise ) Mantram-3, Discussion-6.




( The Scriptural Treatise )


Jagarita-sthano bahih prajnah saptanga

ekona-vimsati-mukhah sthula-bhuk

vaisvanarah prathamah padah.

word by meaning :

Jagarita-sthano : one whose field is waking state;

bahih prajnah : who is conscious of the external;

sapta angah : has seven limbs;

ekona vimsati mukhah : has nineteen mouths;

sthula-bhuk : experiencer of gross objects;

vaisvanarah : (is) vaisvanara;

prathamah : first;

padah : quarter.


The sum of Mantram :

The first quarter (pada) is Vaisvanara whose sphere of activity is the waking state, who is conscious of the external world of objects, who has seven limbs and ninteen mouths, and who enjoys the gross objects of the world.


Discussion :- 6.

It is through the organs-of-perception and the organs-of-action driven by the five aspects of Prana and inner instruments of the psychological and the intellectual personalities that we are able to experience the waking state.

If any one of them missing, our experience of the world shall to that degree be imperfect.

When fully inderstood thus, the very seemi8ngly - obnoxious statement becomes full of significance and meaning, almost immutable in its expressiveness!

Upanishads can be studied more profitably near a teacher than near a shelf of reference books!

To be continued ... 


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