Namaskaar. After the Introductions to the Upanishads and also the author of this series Mr. V. Subrahmanian and the Advaita Academy, we now enter the study of the Upanishad proper. Its an advanced study of Advaita Vedanta and so its presumed that the reader already has sufficient exposure to the study of Vedanta through basic texts like Tattvabodha, and is familiar with the terms used therein. This series is just an introductory series and is in no way a substitute for learning from a Guru, which is essential for all of us to properly assimilate the teachings.
I pray for the Grace of Isvara to be with us all so that we can benefit from this study. I am sure it will be a most enjoyable experience to get an exposure into the wonderful teachings of the Upanishads. HariH Om.
The muNDakopaniShat – Part 1 — by V Subrahmanian
The muNDakopaniShad belongs to the atharvaNa veda. The text begins with the enumeration of the Teacher-Disciple names with a view to eulogize the tradition of transmitting the knowledge, vidyA, by the qualified teacher and the receiving of the same by the qualified disciple/aspirant. When such a mention is made of the persons involved in the past in obtaining this exalted Knowledge, the student who comes to this vidyA in the present will be favourably impressed in the great effort that goes into the dissemination of this teaching which results in emancipation. When the eulogy is duly made, the aspirant would take to the study with all seriousness. Continue reading