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 XIV (fourteenth khaṇḍa)

[note: The causes and effects are herein given out, the cause of an effect becoming itself the effect of a higher cause.]

"Pṛthivī is the food, and āpas is the eater; āpas is the food, and jyotis (or fire) is the eater; jyotis is the food, and vāyu is the eater; vāyu is the food, and ākāś is the eater; and akāś is the food and the indriyas (organs) are the eaters; indriyas are the food and manas is the eater; manas is the food, and buddhi is the eater; buddhi is the food, and avyakta is the eater; avyakta is the food, and akṣara is the eater; akṣara is the food, and mṛtyu is the eater; and mṛtyu becomes one with the Supreme. Beyond Him, there is neither Sat nor asat, nor Sat-asat. Thus is the exposition of Nirvāṇa, and thus is the exposition of the Vedas; yea, thus is the exposition of the Vedas."

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