Mundaka Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary

by S. Sitarama Sastri | 1905 | 19,662 words

The Mundaka Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems used to teach meditation and spiritual knowledge regarding the true nature of Brahma and the Self (Atman). It is composed of the three main parts (mundakas): 1) The first of three parts expounds the science of higher and lower knowledge. 2) The second part describes the true nature of t...

Verse 1.2.5

एतेषु यश्चरते भ्राजमानेषु यथाकालं चाहुतयोह्याददायन् ।
तन्नयन्त्येताः सूर्यस्य रश्मयो यत्र देवानां पतिरेको'धिवासः ॥ ५ ॥

eteṣu yaścarate bhrājamāneṣu yathākālaṃ cāhutayohyādadāyan |
tannayantyetāḥ sūryasya raśmayo yatra devānāṃ patireko'dhivāsaḥ || 5 ||

5. Him who performed karma (agnihotra) in the bright flames at the proper time, these oblations, performed by him, conduct through the rays of the sun where the Lord of the Devas is sole sovereign.


Shankara’s Commentary:

Com.—The agnihotri who performs the karma, agnihotra and the rest, in these different bright tongues of the fire, at the time fixed for the performance of the karma, these oblations (performed by him) becoming so many rays of the sun conduct him to Heaven, where Indra, Lord of the Devas, singly rules over all. ‘Adadayan,’ taking (the sacrificer).

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