Posted by: adbhutam | August 14, 2013

KAIVALYOPANISHAT REFERRED BY SHANKARA

In the introduction to the Aitareya Upanishad bhAShyam Shankara cites the KaivalyopaniShad mantra ‘na karamaNA na prajayA dhanEna tyAgEnaike amRtatvam AnashuH’ by mentioning ‘iti cha kaivalya-shrutiH’.   It is not known whether there is any other reference to this upanishad in the prasthAnatraya bhAShyam.

Incidentally, it is in this UpaniShad we have the mantra:

umasahayam paramesvaram prabhum trilocanam nilakantham prasantam |

dhyatva munirgacchati bhutayonim samastasaksim tamasah parastat || 7||

Here Lord Shiva is held to be the parabrahman.

sa brahma sa sivah sendrah so’ksarah paramah svarat |

sa eva visnuh sa pranah sa kalo’gnih sa candramah || 8||

It also specifies that the gods vishnu, brahmA, indra etc. are all manifestations of the Supreme Shiva – parabrahman.

regards
subrahmanian.v

 


Responses

  1. Very correct. Siva is Parabrahma and there are any number of upanishadic passages to this point. Not only the upanishads alone but many veda mantras in the samhita, aranyaka sections as well. The Mahanarayana passage–Rtam satyam param brahma purusham krshna pingalam/ Urdhvaretam viruupaaksham vishvaruupaaya vai namah/ uses param brahma in juxtaposition to viruupaaksha and as is so well known only Siva is viruupaaksha and none else. Like this there are so many. One will be very much benefited bygoing through Sikhariniimaalaa and its auto commentary by Appayadiikshita.


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