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...
तद्यथा महापथ आतत उभौ ग्रामौ गच्छतीमं चामुं चैवमेवैता आदित्यस्य रश्मय उभौ लोकौ गच्छन्तीमं चामुं चामुष्मादादित्यात्प्रतायन्ते ता आसु नाडीषु सृप्ता आभ्यो नाडीभ्यः प्रतायन्ते तेऽमुष्मिन्नादित्ये सृप्ताः ॥ ८.६.२ ॥
tadyathā mahāpatha ātata ubhau grāmau gacchatīmaṃ cāmuṃ caivamevaitā ādityasya raśmaya ubhau lokau gacchantīmaṃ cāmuṃ cāmuṣmādādityātpratāyante tā āsu nāḍīṣu sṛptā ābhyo nāḍībhyaḥ pratāyante te'muṣminnāditye sṛptāḥ || 8.6.2 ||
1. Then these veins connected with the heart are each filled with a thin liquid, coloured reddish-yellow, white, blue, yellow, and red. The sun there also has these colours—reddish-yellow, white, blue, yellow, and red.
Atha, then; yaḥ etāḥ hṛdayasya nāḍyaḥ, these veins which are in the heart; taḥ, they; piṅgalasya aṇimnaḥ tiṣṭhanti, are filled with a very thin, tawny-coloured liquid; śuklasya, of white; nīlasya, of blue; pītasya, of yellow; lohitasya iti, of red; asau vai ādityaḥ, the sun there; piṅgalaḥ, is tawny; eṣaḥ śuklaḥ, it is white; eṣaḥ nīlaḥ, it is blue; eṣaḥ pītaḥ, it is yellow; eṣaḥ lohitaḥ, it is red.
The heart is the place where one meditates on Brahman. The heart is said to be shaped like a lotus bud, and it also has some similarities to the sun. The sun emits its rays, which spread out in all directions. Similarly, the veins arise from the heart and spread out in all directions. These veins are filled with a very thin substance. This substance changes its colour, and along with it, the veins also change colour. Sometimes it is reddish-yellow, sometimes blue, sometimes white, etc. The sun changes its colour likewise.