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Brahman in Kena Upanishad

Brahman in Kena Upanishad

In this post, I will talk about Brahman in Kena Upanishad.

The Kena Upanishad ( Sanskrit: केनोपनिषद् , Bengali: কেনোপনিষদ্ ) is so called because it begins with the word kena (Sanskrit: केन , Bengali: কেন ). It is also called Talavakara Upansiahd by Shri Shankaracharya. Kena Upanishad is a very important Upanishadic work and forma a part of Sama Veda.

As per Swami Sharvananda, anyone who follows the Kena Upanishad is "sure to find himself, at last taken to the very gate of the transcendent". Many people consider that a reading of Kena Upanishad, along with other primary Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, as essential to understanding the "wonderful old treasures of Hindu theosophic lore.

Brahman in Kena Upanishad is
  • That by whose will the mind proceeds to its object (Ke.U 1.1)
  • That by whose command the Prana does its duty (Ke.U 1.1)
  • That at whose will men utter speech (Ke.U 1.1)
  • That god that directs the eyes and ears (Ke.U 1.1)
Brahman in Kena Upanishad is
  • the Ear of the ear (Ke.U 1.2) [ श्रोत्रस्य श्रोत्रं ]
  • the Mind of the mind (Ke.U 1.2) [ मनसो मनो ]
  • the Speech of the speech (Ke.U 1.2) [ वाचो ह वाचं ]
  • the Life of the life (Ke.U 1.2) [ प्राणस्य प्राणः ]
  • the Eye of the eye (Ke.U 1.2) [ चक्षुषश्चक्षुः ]
Brahman in Kena Upanishad is
  • where vision, speech and mind cannot go (Ke.U 1.3) [न तत्र चक्षुर्गच्छति न वाग्गच्छति नो मनः ।
  • That which cannot be taught (Ke.U 1.3)
  • different from the Known (Ke.U 1.4)
  • above the Unknown (Ke.U 1.4)
Brahman in Kena Upanishad

Brahman in Kena Upanishad is
  • That which cannot be expressed by speech, but by which speech is expressed (Ke.U 1.5) यद्वाचाऽनभ्युदितं येन वागभ्युद्यते ।
    तदेव ब्रह्म त्वं विद्धि नेदं यदिदमुपासते ॥ ५ ॥
  • That which cannot be apprehended by the mind, but by which mind is apprehended (Ke.U 1.6) यन्मनसा न मनुते येनाहुर्मनो मतम् ।
    तदेव ब्रह्म त्वं विद्धि नेदं यदिदमुपासते ॥ ६ ॥
  • That which cannot be perceived by the eye, but by which the eye is perceived (Ke.U 1.7) यच्चक्षुषा न पश्यति येन चक्षूँषि पश्यति ।
    तदेव ब्रह्म त्वं विद्धि नेदं यदिदमुपासते ॥ ७ ॥
  • That which cannot be heard by the ear, but by which the hearing is perceived (Ke.U 1.8) यच्छ्रोत्रेण न शृणोति येन श्रोत्रमिदं श्रुतम् ।
    तदेव ब्रह्म त्वं विद्धि नेदं यदिदमुपासते ॥ ८ ॥
  • That which cannot be smelt by the breath, but by which the breath smells an object (Ke.U 1.9) यत्प्राणेन न प्राणिति येन प्राणः प्रणीयते ।
    तदेव ब्रह्म त्वं विद्धि नेदं यदिदमुपासते ॥ ९ ॥
Brahman in Kena Upanishad is
  • known when It is realized in every state of mind (Ke.U 2.4)
  • like a flash of lightning (Ke.U 4.4)
  • like a wink of the eye (Ke.U 4.4)
  • called Tadavana, the Adorable of All(Ke.U 4.6)

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Ref: Kena Upanishad Wiki

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  1. Strong definition of a this case we surely are in Kalyuga...find no such humans now.


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