Namaskaar. Today we start a new Upanishad series on the KATHOPANISHAT with a commentary by Shri V. Subrahmanian based on Sankara Bhashyam (or commentary by Adi Sankaracharya). This is a series of posts that Shri V. Subrahmanian posted on Advaita Academy http://advaita-academy.org This website has a huge collection of articles, videos and writings on Advaita Vedanta by a galaxy of learned teachers. A short writeup on Shri V. Subrahmanian can be read here https://vedantathoughts.wordpress.com/category/v-subrahmanian/
As always, I have reproduced the commentary ab verbatim and have only added the original Sanskrit verses for benefit of readers. These verses are taken from the website http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_upanishhat/katha.html?lang=sa
I do hope you enjoy following this series. The Upanishad makes some profound statements which are very useful in our daily lives.
The kaThopaniShat – (A study based on the commentary of shrI shaMkarAchArya)
The kaThopaniShat is one of the ten principal upaniShad-s to which AchArya shaMkara has written commentaries. This upaniShad gives the teaching of AtmavidyA, the self-knowledge, through a dialogue between the guru, Yama, and the disciple, Nachiketas. At the beginning of the commentary, shaMkarAchArya pays obeisance to the guru and the disciple. This upaniShad itself has a mantra (1.2.7) where the upaniShad-ic teaching, the teacher and the disciple are glorified. These deserve the highest praise as it is the rarest of the rare that can teach this vidyA, the one that succeeds in realizing the teaching is also a very rare aspirant. And the vidyA itself is the highest one that confers upon the aspirant the greatest attainment possible by anyone: mokSha, liberation. Continue reading