Katha Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary

by S. Sitarama Sastri | 1928 | 23,822 words

The Katha Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems representing a conversation between the sage Naciketas and Yama (god of death). They discuss the nature of Atman, Brahman and Moksha (liberation). The book is made up of six sections (Valli). This commentary by Shankara focuses on ‘Advaita Vedanta’, or non-dualism: one of the classical ort...

Shri Shankara’s Introduction

*** those who are fully competent to acquire knowledge have been stated. The whole subject matter of knowledge has also been stated to be the highest Brahman, the internal atman of all. The fruit of this knowledge has also been stated to be the thorough release from the bondage of samsara consisting in the attainment of the Brahman. The connection has also been stated by the enunciation of this result. Therefore these chapters, by making as clear as the apple in the hand, the knowledge (persons competent to acquire which, the subject matter of which, the results achieved by which, and the connection with which have been explained) also indicate the persons entitled to study them, their subject matter, their results and their connection. We shall, therefore, proceed to comment upon them to the best of our understanding. Here the anecdote is for the purpose of eulogising knowledge.

*** NOTE! The first two pages are missing in my PDF, therefore this introduction is incomplete. If you own a copy of another PDF or have access to the first two pages in any way, let me know

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