Kena Upanishad: Book I


OM. May my limbs, speech, breath, eye, ear, strength and all senses grow strong. Everything is the brahman of the Upanisads. May I not reject brahman. May brahman not reject me. May there be no rejecting. May there be no rejecting of me. May all the dharmas which are in the Upanisads be in me, who delight in the self. May they be in me.

OM. Peace, peace, peace.

1. OM. Urged on by whom does the mind fly?

Harnessed by whom does breath move, the first? By whom is urged on the speech that folk utter? And which god harnesses the eye and ear?

2. Knowing that it is the ear of the ear, the mind of the mind, The speech of speech, the breath of the breath, The eye of the eye, the wise renounce, And when they leave this world, become immortal.

3. The eye does not go there, Speech does not go, nor mind. We do not know, we do not understand, How anyone could teach it.

4. It is different from the known; It is different, too, from the unknown: So we have heard from those of old Who have revealed it to us.

5. What is not expressed by speech� By which speech is expressed� Know that as brahman, Not what they worship as such.

6. What one does not think of by the mind� By which, they say, the mind is thought of� Know that as brahman, Not what they worship as such.

7. What one does not see by the eye� By which one sees eyes� Know that as brahman, Not what they worship as such.

8. What one does not hear by the ear� By which the ear is heard� Know that as brahman, Not what they worship as such.

9. What one does not breathe by the breath- By which the breath is breathed� Know that as brahman, Not what they worship as such.




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