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 5.20.1

अथ यां द्वितीयां जुहुयात्तां जुहुयाद्व्यानाय स्वाहेति व्यानस्तृप्यति ॥ ५.२०.१ ॥

atha yāṃ dvitīyāṃ juhuyāttāṃ juhuyādvyānāya svāheti vyānastṛpyati || 5.20.1 ||

1. When he [the eater] offers the second oblation, he offers it saying, ‘Vyānāya svāhā’ [I offer this as an oblation to vyāna]. With this, vyāna becomes pleased.

Word-for-word explanation:

Atha, next; yām dvitīyām juhuyāt, when he offers the second [oblation]; tām juhuyāt, he offers that; vyānāya svāhā iti, [with the mantra] ‘Vyānāya svāhā’; vyānaḥ tṛpyati, [then] vyāna is pleased.


Vyāna is the aspect of the vital force responsible for our speech and for feats requiring great effort. It operates on the nerves.