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. 2. Kena
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 Kena Upanishad Verse 1.1
केनेषितं पतति प्रेषितं मनः । केन प्राणः प्रथमः प्रैति युक्तः ।
केनेषितां वाचमिमां वदन्ति । चक्षुः श्रोत्रं क उ देवो युनक्ति ॥ १.१
keneṣitaṃ patati preṣitaṃ manaḥ । kena prāṇaḥ prathamaḥ praiti yuktaḥ ।
keneṣitāṃ vācamimāṃ vadanti । cakṣuḥ śrotraṃ ka u devo yunakti ॥ 1.1
केन इषितं पतति प्रेषितं मनः । केन प्राणः प्रथमः प्रैति युक्तः ।
केन इषितां वाचम् इमां वदन्ति । चक्षुः श्रोत्रं कः उ देवः युनक्ति ॥
केनmn3/1 इषितंPPPn1/1 प्रेषितंPPPn1/1 मनःn1/1 पततिiii/1।
By What (Whom) impelled, nay specially inspired is the intellect drawn to?
केनmn3/1 युक्तःPPPm1/1 प्रथमःm1/1 प्राणःm1/1 प्रैतिiii/1 ।
By What yoked to is the first breath taken?
केनmn3/1 इषितांPPPn1/1 इमाम् f2/1 वाचम् f2/1 वदन्तिiii/3 ।
By What impelled is this speech, do they say?
चक्षुःn1/1 श्रोत्रंn1/1 उ0 कःm1/1 देवःm1/1 युनक्तिiii/1 ॥
The eye, the ear; indeed what power yokes (to make them functional)?
1.1 O Beloved Master!
By whose inspiration does my intellect reason? Who doth direct my speech so? What power controls my sight and hearing? I know very well the iPhone has been designed by Steve Jobs, the internet we all use is Tim Berners-Lee’s gift to mankind, my home is the blueprint of architect Jiwan Gupta. And I am writing this book.
But who or what is that makes my body and being function? Who rules my breath? Who gives me the thoughts? Who colors my moods and makes the emotions arise within? Who rules all that goes on within me and what makes the brain tick?
It includes Sanskrit Grammar with padachheda and anvaya with case-vibhakti of each word given clearly, and a Latin transliteration of each verse.