The Prashna Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary
तन्ह स ऋषिरुवच भूय एव तपसा ब्रह्मचर्येण श्रद्धया संवत्सरं संवत्स्यथ यथाकामं प्रश्नान्पृच्छत यदि विज्ञास्यामः सर्वं ह वो वक्श्याम इति ॥ २ ॥
tanha sa ṛṣiruvaca bhūya eva tapasā brahmacaryeṇa śraddhayā saṃvatsaraṃ saṃvatsyatha yathākāmaṃ praśnānpṛcchata yadi vijñāsyāmaḥ sarvaṃ ha vo vakśyāma iti || 2 ||
2. That seer said to them; as yet, live another year in tapas, Brahmacharya and faith; then ask us questions as you please and if we know, we shall, indeed, explain all to you.
Com.— The seer said to them, who had thus approached him, though you have already performed tapas by controlling your senses, still again, live another year here especially careful about Brahmacharya and faith and well intent on serving your preceptor; then, as you please, i.e., without restraining your desire, ask questions, every one of you, on subjects on which you may wish to know. If we know what is asked about (the word ‘if’ is intended to show that the preceptor was not conceited, not that there was any doubt as to his knowledge, as is apparent from his answering the questions), we shall explain to you all you ask about.
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