Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Prasna Upanishad
Displaying 2446 of 7273         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Prasna Upanishad
Pages from the book
Prasna Upanishad
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Author

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to this soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanadashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organised. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a ‘World Parliament of Religions’. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Maasamadhi.

Introduction

The Prasna Upanishad is in prose and belongs to the Atharva Veda, Pippalada Sakha. Pippalada is the principal teacher in the Upanishad. It is one of the three classical Atharvopanishads. This is a later Upanishad. This contains six questions and their answers and hence its name.

The Prasna, Mundaka and Mandukya Upanishads belong to the Atharva Veda. All them lay great stress on the sacred syllable Om, the Pranava. This Upanishad goes by the name Shat-Prasna Upanishad also, because it contains six questions.

Sri Sankara, in the beginning of his commentary, says: “This Brahmana is commenced to explain more full repeating what has been declared in the Mantra portion”. This refers to the Mundaka Upanishad, which is spoken of as a Mantra or Mantropanishad. Sankara calls this a Brahmana complimentary to the Mantra Upanishad of the Mundaka. One uniform idea runs through the Prasna, Mundaka and Mandukya Upanishads. They have a family resemblance. Some of the points that are dealt with in the Mundaka are explained at full length in this Upanishad.

Six seekers of Brahman go to a sage called Pippalada, and put to him six questions. These questions and answers form the substance of this Upanishad. The first question is the most general and the sixth is the most specific and particular. The first question deals with the creation or the cosmogony.

Prana (life-principle) and Rayi (matter) were first created by the Lord. Prana acts on Rayi. Various forms manifest. It is the intermingling of these two that gives rise to the world of diverse forms. The one is active, positive and the male principle; the other is the passive, negative and the female principle. Prana belongs to the conscious-side of creation, while Rayi belongs to the form-side of creation.

The first question shows the relation between Prajapati (the creator) and the creatures, the period of creation, and the way in which Prajapati is to be adored. The whole description is mythological and symbolical. Prajapati was desirous of offspring. From this desire, a pair sprung forth, viz, matter or the universal food, and Prana (life or consumer). As life and matter, Prajapati is gradually the sun, the moon, the year in its two halves, day and night, etc.

Prana, Aditya (sun), day, Amurta (formless), life, spirit, Northern path, invisible, belong to the life-side. Rayi, the moon, the night, Murta (with form), matter, Southern path, visible, belong to the matter-side. The body is composed of five elements. The ten senses discharge their functions through the body. The body is upheld by the Prana, the life-principle. The second question refers to the Devas, who support man and enlighten the senses and the constituents of this body, the third to the nature and origin of Prana, the fourth to sleep and dreams, the fifth to Pranava or Om, and the sixth to the Purusha of sixteen Kalas or parts.

Sample Pages







Prasna Upanishad

Item Code:
NAM180
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2014
Language:
Sanskrit Text With English Translation and Detailed Commentary
Size:
8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
70
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 90 gms
Price:
$10.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Prasna Upanishad

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 954 times since 25th Aug, 2016
About the Author

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to this soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanadashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organised. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a ‘World Parliament of Religions’. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Maasamadhi.

Introduction

The Prasna Upanishad is in prose and belongs to the Atharva Veda, Pippalada Sakha. Pippalada is the principal teacher in the Upanishad. It is one of the three classical Atharvopanishads. This is a later Upanishad. This contains six questions and their answers and hence its name.

The Prasna, Mundaka and Mandukya Upanishads belong to the Atharva Veda. All them lay great stress on the sacred syllable Om, the Pranava. This Upanishad goes by the name Shat-Prasna Upanishad also, because it contains six questions.

Sri Sankara, in the beginning of his commentary, says: “This Brahmana is commenced to explain more full repeating what has been declared in the Mantra portion”. This refers to the Mundaka Upanishad, which is spoken of as a Mantra or Mantropanishad. Sankara calls this a Brahmana complimentary to the Mantra Upanishad of the Mundaka. One uniform idea runs through the Prasna, Mundaka and Mandukya Upanishads. They have a family resemblance. Some of the points that are dealt with in the Mundaka are explained at full length in this Upanishad.

Six seekers of Brahman go to a sage called Pippalada, and put to him six questions. These questions and answers form the substance of this Upanishad. The first question is the most general and the sixth is the most specific and particular. The first question deals with the creation or the cosmogony.

Prana (life-principle) and Rayi (matter) were first created by the Lord. Prana acts on Rayi. Various forms manifest. It is the intermingling of these two that gives rise to the world of diverse forms. The one is active, positive and the male principle; the other is the passive, negative and the female principle. Prana belongs to the conscious-side of creation, while Rayi belongs to the form-side of creation.

The first question shows the relation between Prajapati (the creator) and the creatures, the period of creation, and the way in which Prajapati is to be adored. The whole description is mythological and symbolical. Prajapati was desirous of offspring. From this desire, a pair sprung forth, viz, matter or the universal food, and Prana (life or consumer). As life and matter, Prajapati is gradually the sun, the moon, the year in its two halves, day and night, etc.

Prana, Aditya (sun), day, Amurta (formless), life, spirit, Northern path, invisible, belong to the life-side. Rayi, the moon, the night, Murta (with form), matter, Southern path, visible, belong to the matter-side. The body is composed of five elements. The ten senses discharge their functions through the body. The body is upheld by the Prana, the life-principle. The second question refers to the Devas, who support man and enlighten the senses and the constituents of this body, the third to the nature and origin of Prana, the fourth to sleep and dreams, the fifth to Pranava or Om, and the sixth to the Purusha of sixteen Kalas or parts.

Sample Pages







Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

Testimonials

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your kind generosity! This golden-brass statue of Padmasambhava will receive a place of honor in our home and remind us every day to practice the dharma and to be better persons. We deeply appreciate your excellent packing of even the largest and heaviest sculptures as well as the fast delivery you provide. Every sculpture we have purchased from you over the years has arrived in perfect condition. Our entire house is filled with treasures from Exotic India, but we always have room for one more!
Mark & Sue, Eureka, California
I received my black Katappa Stone Shiva Lingam today and am extremely satisfied with my purchase. I would not hesitate to refer friends to your business or order again. Thank you and God Bless.
Marc, UK
The altar arrived today. Really beautiful. Thank you
Morris, Texas.
Very Great Indian shopping website!!!
Edem, Sweden
I have just received the Phiran I ordered last week. Very beautiful indeed! Thank you.
Gonzalo, Spain
I am very satisfied with my order, received it quickly and it looks OK so far. I would order from you again.
Arun, USA
We received the order and extremely happy with the purchase and would recommend to friends also.
Chandana, USA
The statue arrived today fully intact. It is beautiful.
Morris, Texas.
Thank you Exotic India team, I love your website and the quick turn around with helping me with my purchase. It was absolutely a pleasure this time and look forward to do business with you.
Pushkala, USA.
Very grateful for this service, of making this precious treasure of Haveli Sangeet for ThakurJi so easily in the US. Appreciate the fact that notation is provided.
Leena, USA.
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India