Kena Upanishad. Brief technical introduction, the word ‘kena ‘means ‘whom’. The Upanishad appears as the 9th chapter of the Talavakara Brahmana of the Sāma Veda, and also known Talavakara Upanishad or Jaimini Brahmana. 35 verses and Shanti Mantra. Its one of the very important Upanishad and per the Muktikopanishad, it’s the second Upanishad in the whole order. Upanishad is also called, known as Talavakara Upanishad.
KENA means, exactly the word means ‘whom’, ‘by whom – keneṣitaṁ – by whom willed or directed’ – directing the enquiry of the Truth to its very Source, is the seed of Kenopanishad. Please understand, this Upanishad directs your seeking to the Source. I will start with the Shanti Mantra [peace invocation chant], then I will introduce the Upanishad. Please chant along with Me.
auṃ āpyāyantu mamāṇgāni |
Listen. The verse actually is – mamāṇgāni; paathabheda is māmāṇgāni – means the way I heard from My Guru, His paathabedha. The paathabheda is māmāṇgāni, the ‘ma’ plus not full ‘aa’ half ‘a’.
auṃ āpyāyantu mamāṇgāni vākprāṇaścakśuḥ
śrotram-athobalam-indriyāṇi ca sarvāṇi |
Please understand, the original mantra is – sarvāṇi; paathabheda is ‘sarvāuṇi’ – thehalf ‘u’ is added – ‘sarvāuṇi’.
sarvaṁ brahmopniṣadam mā’ham brahma nirākuryām mā mā brahma nirākarod-anirākaraṇamstva-nirākaraṇam me’stu |
tadātmani nirate ya upaniṣatsu dharmāste mayi santu te mayi santu ||
auṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ||
Understand the subject matter of the Kenopanishad. Now that is the important thing.
The essence of Isavaysa Upanishad is Seeking.
The essence of Kenopanishad is Seeking into the very Source, not just WHO AM I, BY WHOM AM I?
Understand, WHO AM I starts and ends inside your body. BY WHOM AM I, starts and ends in Cosmos. There is a big difference between – WHO AM I, BY WHOM AM I?
Enquiring into you is Seeking.
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