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 5.23.1

अथ यां पञ्चमीं जुहुयात्तां जुहुयादुदानाय स्वाहेत्युदानस्तृप्यति ॥ ५.२३.१ ॥

atha yāṃ pañcamīṃ juhuyāttāṃ juhuyādudānāya svāhetyudānastṛpyati || 5.23.1 ||

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

Word-for-word explanation:

Atha, next; yām pañcamīm juhuyāṭ when he offers the fifth [oblation]; tām juhuyāt, he offers that; udānāya svāhā iti, [with the mantra] ‘Udānāya svāhā’; udānaḥ tṛpyati, [then] udāna is pleased.


Udāna is the aspect of the vital force responsible for helping the individual self leave the body at the time of death.