Subala Upanishad of Shukla-yajurveda

by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar | 1914 | 5,729 words

This is the English translation of the Subala Upanishad (belonging to the Shukla Yajurveda): a minor Sanskrit treatise selected amongst a collection 108 extant upanishads, dating to at least the 1st millennium BC. The Subala-upanishad is presented in the form of a dialogue between Raikva (Subala) and Prajapati. It discusses various topics, such as...

Chapter X (tenth khaṇḍa)

Then Raikva asked Him: "O Lord, where do all things rest? He replied: "In the worlds of Rasātala (or nether worlds)."

"In what are these (Rasātala worlds) woven warp and woof?" He replied: "In the worlds of Bhūḥ."

"In what are these (worlds of Bhūḥ) woven warp and woof?" He replied: "In the worlds of Bhuvaḥ."

"In what are these (Bhuvaḥ worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the worlds of Suvaḥ."

"In what are these (Suvaḥ worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the worlds of Mahaḥ."

In what are these (Mahaḥ worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the Janaloka."

"In what are these (Jana worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the Tapoloka."

"In what are these (Tapolokas) woven warp and woof?" "In the Satya loka."

"In what are these (Satya worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the Prajāpati loka."

"In what are these (Prajāpati worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the Brahmaloka."

"In what are these (Brahma worlds) woven warp and woof?" "In the Sarvaloka."

"In what are these (Sarva lokas) woven warp and woof?" "In Ātmā—which is Brahman, like beads (in a rosary) warp-wise and woof-wise."

Then he said: "All these rest in Ātmā, and he who knows this, becomes Ātmā itself. Thus is the exposition of Nirvāṇa. Thus is the exposition of the Vedas; yea, thus is the exposition of the Vedas."

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