Chandogya Upanishad

Chandogya Upanishad

Book Details

ISBN/SKU: 1935760084
ISBN Complete: 978-1-935760-08-5
Book Type: B&W 6.0 x 9.0 in Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
Page Count: 218
Edition: First
Yr. of Pub.: 2013
Printed in: USA
Max Retail Price: $30.25
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The Chandogya Upanishad forms part of the Chandogya Brahmana of Samaveda. Out of the ten chapters of the Brahmana, the first two contain knowledge of sacrifices and methods of worship, while the last eight constitute the Chandogya Upanishad. Historically, it is one of the most ancient Upanishads and played a significant role in the emergence of the Vedanta Philosophy. It is believed that the Upanishad might be a collection of several independent texts that brought together in its current form to signify the ritual and spiritual significance of Saman chants. It is evident from the verses that the composers of the Upanishads, had specialized knowledge of Vedic rituals and excelled in the practice of singing the Samans. Hence they interpreted the knowledge of Brahman and Atman through the eyes of a Udgatri priest, who specialized in the knowledge of Samaveda. The Upanishad begins with the declaration that one should meditate upon Aum as the High Chant (Udgita).

The Chandogya Upanishad is the second largest among the principal Upanishads, next only to Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Both contain common themes and are referenced in other ancient works such as the Brahmasutras. It also contains the famous declaration, "Tatvamasi," meaning, "You are That." It contains 629 verses arranged into eight chapters and 154sections. Of them the first chapter contains the maximum number of verses and the lowest number of sections; and the seventh chapter contains lowest number of verses and maximum number of sections. An overview of the Upanishad in the form a table showing the number verses, sections and chapters can be seen in the next page. Some important themes of the Upanishad are provided below.

This is the most recent, accurate and complete translation of the Chandogya Upanishad into English with explanatory notes. This edition includes introduction, original Sanskrit verses in transliterated Devanagari script, translation of each verse, explanatory notes, and bibliography. It forms part of the translation of the 16 major Upanishads published under three books.

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Book Contents

Author's Note - Introduction - Chapter 1 - Aum as the Essence of the Udgita - Sense Organs as the Udgita - Breath and Other Deities as the Udgita - Aum as the Immortal Sound - Udgita as the Sun and the Sound in Breath - Symbolism of Rik and Saman in Creation - Symbolism of Rik and Saman in the Body - A Discussion on the Udgita - Space as the Udgita - The Legend of Usati Cakrayana - The Deities of Sacrifice - The Udgita of Dogs - The Secret Knowledge of Sounds in Samans - Chapter 2 - Meditation on the Whole Saman - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Worlds - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Rain - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Water - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Seasons - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Animals - The Fivefold Saman With Regard to Breaths - The Sevenfold Saman With Regard to Speech - The Sevenfold Saman With Regard to the Sun - The Sevenfold Saman With Regard to Itself - The Saman Hidden in the Senses - The Rathantara Saman in the Fire - The Vamadeva Saman in the Coitus - The Brhat Saman in the sun - The Vairupya Saman in the Clouds - The Vairaja Saman in the Seasons - The Sakavari Saman in the Clouds - The Revati Saman in the Beings - The Yajnayajniya Saman in the Limbs - The Rajana Saman in the Deities - The Saman Woven in All - Different Ways of Singing the Saman - The Threefold Nature of Merit, Worlds and Aum - How To Perform Soma Sacrifices Correctly - Chapter 3 - The Sun as the Honey of Gods - Rigveda - The Sun as the Honey of Gods - Yajurveda - The Sun as the Honey of Gods - Samaveda - The Sun as the Honey of Gods - Atharvaveda - The Sun as the Honey of Gods - The Vedas - The Vasus as the Nectar - The Rudras as the Nectar - The Adityas as the Nectar - The Maruts as the Nectar - The Sadhyas as the Nectar - The Secret Teaching of Brahma - The Greatness of Gayatri - The Five Openings of the Heart - Sandilya Vidya Regarding Brahman and Self - Brahman as the Imperishable Chest - Daily Sacrifices Compared to Phases of Life - The Life of a Person as a Sacrifice - Twofold Meditation Upon Brahman - Separation of Worlds from the Cosmic Egg - Chapter 4 - The Fame Of Raikva, the One With The Cart - Janasruti and Raikva - The offering of Gifts - Air and Breath, the Absorbers - The Legend of Satyakama Jabala - The One Foot of Brahman - The Second Foot of Brahman - The Third Foot of Brahman - The Fourth Foot of Brahman - The Importance of a Teacher - Upakosala Receiving the Knowledge of Fires - The Forms of Garhapatya Fire - The Forms of Anvaharya Fire - The Forms of Ahvaniya Fire - The Purifying Knowledge of the Self - The Divine Path to the World of Brahman - The Role of the Brahman Priest in a Sacrifice - The Methods of Rectifying a Sacrifice - Chapter 5 - The Superiority of Breath to the Body - A Mantha Rite to Attain Greatness - The Paths by Which Souls Travel upon Death - The Heaven as Sacrificial Fire - The Rains as Sacrificial Fire - The Earth as Sacrificial Fire - Man As Sacrifical Fire - Woman as Sacrificial Fire - Water the Fifth Libation - The Two Paths to Liberation - Vaisvanara, the Eater of Food - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as Gods - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as the Sun - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as Breath - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as Space - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as Water - Incomplete Worship of Brahman as the Support - Worshipping Brahman as the Self - Making an Offering of Food to Prana - Making an Offering of Food to Vyana - Making an Offering of Food to Apana - Worshipping Brahman with the Offering of - Making an Offering of Food to Udana - The Importance of Correct Knowledge - Chapter 6 - Uddalaka Aruni's Teaching to Svetaketu - How Creation Manifested - Threefold Origin of Beings - The Triple Qualities of Creation - Threefold Nature of Food, Water and Fire - The Subtle Aspects of Food, Water and Fire - The Connection Between Food and Memory - The Being as the Source of All Beings - The Self as the Essence of All Beings - The Self as the Subtle Essence - The Self as the Root of All Beings - An Example of Seed in Reference to the Self - An Example of Salt in Reference to the Self - The Importance of a Teacher in Liberation - Awareness in the Final Moments Of Death - The Self as the Truth - Chapter 7 - Meditation upon the Names of Brahman - Speech as Brahman - The Mind as Brahman - Intention as Brahman - The Discerning Mind as Brahman - Meditation as Brahman - Learned knowledge as Brahman - Strength as Brahman - Food as Brahman - Water as Brahman - Fire As Brahman - Memory as Brahman - Hope as Brahman - Breath as Brahman - Truth and Speech - Understanding and Truth - Thinking and Knowing - Faith and Thought - Steadfast Service and Faith - Action and Steadfast Service - Happiness and Actions - The Infinite as Happiness - The Difference Between Finite and Infinite - The Ego and the Self - The Self as the Source of All - Chapter 8 - The Body as the City of Brahman - The Desires of a Self-Realized Person - True Desires and False Desires - The Self as the Bridge and the Boundary of the Worlds - Brahmacharya as a Sacrifice - Prajapati's Instruction Regarding True Self - The Demonic View of the Body as the Self - Indra's Quest for the True Knowledge of Self - The Self that Wanders in Dreams - The Self in Sleep - The Self as the Knower and Enjoyer - Reaching the World of Brahman Overcoming the Obstacles - A Prayer of the Soul to Prajapati - Instruction Regarding Instruction - A Note on Cover Page Illustration - Bibliography.

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