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. 3. Katha
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 Katha Upanishad Verse 1.1.1
ॐ उशन् ह वै वाजश्रवसः सर्ववेदसं ददौ ।
तस्य ह नचिकेता नाम पुत्र आस ॥ १
oṃ uśan ha vai vāja-śravasaḥ sarvavedasaṃ dadau ।
tasya ha naciketā nāma putra āsa ॥ 1
नाम n1/1 from stem नामन् n ।
1 The Great Duel
Such a magnificent beginning to Katha. Experience the profound depth of the plot.
1.1.1 Having decided on the Ultimate, the one-in-a-million householder embarks on the dangerous bleak road to Freedom. ..it is but certain that his most prized possession will be his biggest stumbling block…nay also his deliverance!
and the story unfolds to paint the picture of a man who gets down to square his things-thoughts-emotions and life.
his sole witness,
he himself in his childhood.
what is childhood? it is freedom. it is innocence. it is beauty. it is play. it does not know death. it is beyond fences.
what is adulthood? it is … not particularly envious. it is simply a euphemism for illness. slow death. or extended prison.
It includes Sanskrit Grammar with padachheda and anvaya with case-vibhakti of many verses, and a Latin transliteration of each verse.