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. 8. Shvetashvatara
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 Shvetashvatara Upanishad Verse 1.1
हरिः ॐ ब्रह्मवादिनो वदन्ति ।
किं कारणं ब्रह्म कुतः स्म जाता जीवाम केन क्व च सम्प्रतिष्ठाः ।
अधिष्ठिताः केन सुखेतरेषु वर्तामहे ब्रह्मविदो व्यवस्थाम् ॥ १
hariḥ oṃ brahmavādino vadanti ।
kiṃ kāraṇaṃ brahma kutaḥ sma jātā jīvāma kena kva ca sampratiṣṭhāḥ ।
adhiṣṭhitāḥ kena sukhetareṣu vartāmahe brahmavido vyavasthām ॥ 1
ब्रह्म-वादिनः Seekers of Brahman
1.1 Seekers of the Truth (that is deeper and more significant than that evident from sight and hearing) are having a brain storming session.
What is the meaning of Brahman? Why this creation and to what purpose? By whose will does Life get impregnated in matter? Where do we come from where do we go? What happens to us after we leave this earthly plane?
O knower of Brahman, By whose will operate the laws of Pain and pleasure that play havoc on each individual and also give solace?
Shvetashvatara is from the Krishna Yajurveda.
It includes Sanskrit Grammar with padachheda and anvaya with case-vibhakti for three chapters, and a Latin transliteration of each verse.