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 5.21.1

अथ यां तृतीयां जुहुयात्तां जुहुयादपानाय स्वाहेत्यपानस्तृप्यति ॥ ५.२१.१ ॥

atha yāṃ tṛtīyāṃ juhuyāttāṃ juhuyādapānāya svāhetyapānastṛpyati || 5.21.1 ||

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

Word-for-word explanation:

Atha, next; yām tṛtīyām juhuyāt, when he offers the third [oblation]; tām juhuyāt, he offers that; apānāya svāhā iti, [with the mantra] ‘Apānāya svāhā’; apānaḥ tṛpyati, [then] apāna is pleased.


Apāna is the aspect of the vital force responsible for elimination of waste from the body.