Chandogya Upanishad (Shankara Bhashya)

by Ganganatha Jha | 1942 | 149,749 words | ISBN-10: 8170842840 | ISBN-13: 9788170842842

This is the English translation of the Chandogya Upanishad, an ancient philosophical text originally written in Sanksrit and dating to at least the 8th century BCE. Having eight chapters (adhyayas) and many sub-sections (khandas), this text is counted among the largest of it's kind. The Chandogya Upanishad, being connected to the Samaveda, represen...

Section 7.21 (twenty-first khaṇḍa) (one text)

Upaniṣad text:

‘When one acts, then alone does he serve; without acting, one does not serve; only on acting does one serve. But Action itself should be sought to be understood.’—‘I wish, Revered sir, to understand Action.’—(1)

Commentary (Śaṅkara Bhāṣya):

Kṛti’, ‘action’, here stands for the controlling of the senses and concentrating of the mind. It is only when this Action is present that service and the rest, as described above, become accomplished, ending with true understanding.—(1)

End of Section (21) of Discourse VII.

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