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The Mundaka Upanisad with Sankarabhasyam

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Foreword Smt.Sarojini 'Varadarajan has been a keen student of 'Vedanta for several years. As a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, she attended a Vedanta course conducted at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, coimbatore. She has been listening to my classes also directly or through audio recordings. She has the habit of taking notes and sharing them with other seekers. When she submitted the manuscript on my Mukadak opanishad – bhashyam, classes, I could see the amonnt of effort that had gone ...

Smt.Sarojini 'Varadarajan has been a keen student of 'Vedanta for several years. As a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, she attended a Vedanta course conducted at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, coimbatore. She has been listening to my classes also directly or through audio recordings. She has the habit of taking notes and sharing them with other seekers. When she submitted the manuscript on my Mukadak opanishad – bhashyam, classes, I could see the amonnt of effort that had gone into it. Due to various commitments, I could. not take the responsibility of editing and publishing this useful work.

I am Very happy to know that this manuscript is getting published. now, edited by Swami Sakahatkritananda Saraswathi of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

I congratulate Smt. Sarojini Varadarajan for her great effort. May this book reach the hands of many deserving students of Vedanta.


I am very pleased to know that the lectures of Sri Swami Paramarthananda Saraswati on Mundaka Upanisad will come out in the form of a book retaining the format of class. Though I would have loved to edit the whole book due to constraints of time I could go through only the Sanskrit Section. I am sure this book will be treasured by the students committed to the study of Mundaka Bhashyam as Swamiji, in his own inimitable style, brings out all the nuances of the bhashyam.

I appreciate the hard work done by Divyajnan Sarojini Varadarajan in transcribing and meticulously editing the transcripts without constraints of age and health. She has gone into every minute aspect of the book in its final form. I wish her all success in her pursuit of knowledge and pray that the book reach the hands of all the jijnasus so that the hard efforts put forth by her will get fulfilled.


The Vedas have manifested long ago along with the creation in sound form, and were received by great rsis of those bygone ages through their powers, and were later compiled and organised into four Vedas by Sri Vedavyasa. The Vedas give us specially through their jnanakanda, also known as the upanisads, I will not say a particular religion or philosophy, but a great culture, a great way of life, which when followed faithfully will lead us to the realisation of the ultimate truth, the giver of everlasting happiness called liberation or moksa. The upanisads form the later part of the Vedas, and therefore the subject matter therein is known as vedanta , veda-anta (end of veda) .

However, as the upanisads belong to a completely different age, they some times use vedic language, and expressions, which are not easy for us to understand. Sankaracarya keeping this in mind, has written commentaries on ten important upanisads, among which Mundakopanisad is one. Sankaracarya commentaries are very unique, because besides being very profound and explanatory, he foresees in them, the doubts one might get, and clarifies them.

However, one must have a good understanding of sanskrit language and grammar to be able to understand Sankaracarya's 'commentaries, specially as he very often uses long complicated sentences full of sandhis and samasas, so that sometimes one word would run a whole line, and a sentence a whole paragraph.

Therefore, it is essential to have a guru who is a brahmanista, and is well-versed in sanskrit language and grammar to make us understand it. Swami Paramarthananada's lectures, with his simple explanation of the Sankarabhasyam, fulfil this need, and makes it very easy for us to understand the essence of the upanisads.

His, simple at the same time in-depth teaching I have been fortunate to enjoy , but wanting to share it with people who did not have the opportunity to listen to him, and to make it easy for beginners, as well as for those who want to refer to swamiji's lectures, I ,who have been a student of his as well as of Swami Dayananda Saraswati for almost two decades, have taken the courage to compile it, to my best understanding, and ability with utmost sraddha.

This book would not have been possible, but for the atmajnanam, which converted all obstacles in my life into unseen blessings, and but for the encouragement of Swami Paramarthananda, and Swami Saksatkrtananda Saraswati and finally for the co-operation of my life partner, friend and guide of fifty years Sri Varadarajan. Last but not least I have to put in a word of thanks to my children who persuaded and encouraged me to use a computer, and to my grand children who taught me not only to use it ,but a laptop also ,and specially to my youngest grandson, Arman varadaraj who helped me in various aspects of computer usage.

I dedicate this book to Swami Paramarthananda, and to my husband Sri Varadarajan, and to all seekers of the ultimate and unending happiness, moksa.


Foreword (i)
Preface (ii)
Introduction 1
General Introduction by
Swami Paramarthananda3
Mundaka - 1 khanda - 1
Introductory Sankarabhasyam or
Mantra -121
Mantra - 229
Mantra - 333
Mantra - 442
Mantra - 547
Mantra - 656
Mantra -771
Mantra - 878
Mantra - 988
Mundaka - 1 khanda - 2 93
Mantra -198
Mantra - 2111
Mantra - 3117
Mantra - 4132
Mantra - 5135
Mantra - 6140
Mantra - 7143
Mantra - 8148
Mantra - 9154
Mantra - 10157
Mantra - 11162
Mantra - 12173
Mantra - 13188
Mundaka- 2 Khanda- 1
Mantra -1192
Mantra - 2201
Mantra - 3213
Mantra - 4219
Mantra - 5227
Mantra - 6233
Mantra -7239
Mantra - 8243
Mantra - 9252
Mantra -10255
Mundaka - 2 khanda - 2
Mantra -1263
Mantra - 2273
Mantra - 3279
Mantra - 4284
Mantra - 5293
Mantra - 6298
Mantra -7305
Mantra - 8312
Mantra - 9319
Mantra -10326
Mantra -11335
Mantra -12343
Mundaka - 3 khanda - 1
Mantra -1349
Mantra - 2361
Mantra - 3369
Mantra - 4375
Mantra - 5390
Mantra - 6396
Mantra -7402
Mantra - 8408
Mantra - 9414
Mantra -10418
Mundaka - 3 Khanda- 2
Mantra -1423
Mantra - 2427
Mantra - 3432
Mantra - 4439
Mantra - 5444
Mantra - 6452
Mantra -7463
Mundaka mantras 492
List of abbreviations 503

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Item Code: NAL366 Author: Divyajnana Sarojini Varadarajan Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2010 Publisher: Selva Nilayam, Coimbatore Language: Sanskrit Text With Word-to-Word Meaning English Translation Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 513 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 700 gms
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