Chandogya Upanishad (english Translation)

by Swami Lokeswarananda | 165,421 words | ISBN-10: 8185843910 | ISBN-13: 9788185843919

This is the English translation of the Chandogya-upanishad, including a commentary based on Swami Lokeswarananda’s weekly discourses; incorporating extracts from Shankara’s bhasya. The Chandogya Upanishad is a major Hindu philosophical text incorporated in the Sama Veda, and dealing with meditation and Brahman. This edition includes the Sanskrit t...

Verse 1.10.2

स हेभ्यं कुल्माषान्खादन्तं बिभिक्षे तं होवाच । नेतोऽन्ये विद्यन्ते यच्च ये म इम उपनिहिता इति ॥ १.१०.२ ॥

sa hebhyaṃ kulmāṣānkhādantaṃ bibhikṣe taṃ hovāca | neto'nye vidyante yacca ye ma ima upanihitā iti || 1.10.2 ||

2. Uṣasti saw an elephant-driver eating some pulses of poor quality, and he begged for a share of his food. The elephant-driver replied: ‘This food in my bowl is all I have to eat. Besides this, I have nothing. [What should I do?]’.

Word-for-word explanation:

Saḥ, he [Uṣasti]; kulmāṣān, bad food grains; khādantam, eating; ibhyam, an elephant[-driver]; bibhikṣe, begged; ha tam uvāca, that [elephant-driver] said to him; itaḥ, besides these [pulses]; na anye vidyante, nothing further exists; yat ye ca ime, that which [the pulses]; me, my; upanihitāḥ, thrown [into my eating bowl]; [kim karomi, what should I do].


The food itself was bad, and besides that, it was hardly enough for the elephant-driver, but there was nothing else he could give Uṣasti. By implication, he regretted his inability to help.