Those verses in the Veda that amplify the greatness of man, his soul’s journey, and his ultimate purpose are
termed as Upanishad. Upanishad means essential guiding principle. It is a shrugging off of conflict, frustration, fear, & turmoil. Upanishad means being in sync with Time and Ambience, and Understanding each other’s Viewpoint.
This edition gives a crisp, tight rendering of original thought using words that are relevant and correctly understood in the modern times. It develops the concept of Brahman, a loving compassionate fluid that permeates all beings and the entire Creation. Only the inward senses can glimpse it, only a brave seeker can attempt the discovery. 1. Isha
Upanishads are masterly texts, meant for a sincere and serious aspirant. Basic qualifications include a command over language and neatness in attire. Prerequisites most needed to imbibe the knowledge are:
- Readiness to serve with cheerfulness
- Discipline for a year with frugal lifestyle
- Truthfulness and candor in communication
Excerpt from Ishavasya Upanishad Verse 1
ईशा वास्यमिदं सर्वं यत् किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्य स्विद् धनम् ॥ १
An all-powerful supreme divinity permeates and envelops this – creation – composed of the active and passive, matter and energy, living and non-living. Realizing this sacred separateness, having unswerving faith in its indestructibility, live life to the full. How may life be lived to the maximum potential? Simply by following the discipline of non-covetousness, or non-injury.
Ishavasya Upanishad constitutes the final chapter (40th adhyāya) of the Shukla Yajurveda from verse 1959 onwards, and survives in two recensions, named Kanva and Madhyandina. This book contains a lucid essence of these precious verses for the modern reader.
It includes a Sanskrit Grammar section with padachheda and anvaya with case-vibhakti of each word given clearly, and a Latin transliteration of each verse.