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Kena Upanisad

With the Original Text in Sanskrit and Roman Transliteration by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

Swami Muni Narayana Prasad renders a superbly novel analysis of this Upanisad in the backdrop of recent developments in various scientific disciplines and attempts to show that mysticism is a corollary to scientific investigation.



ISBN: 9788124605837
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 2nd
Pages : ix, 134
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 200


Kenopanishad is one of the major Upanishads containing the quintessence of the teachings of the ancient Indian seers. It represents their spiritual quest to apprehend the nature of the Ultimate Being and comprises the yearning for the wisdom that explains the relation of human life to the world and the reality. The beauty of this Upanishad is greatly enhanced by the dialogue between the disciple and the preceptor, through which it continues its quest. Swami Muni Narayana Prasad, the renowned scholar on the Upanishadic tradition, renders a superbly novel analysis of this difficult text in the light of the modern man’s need for value and spiritual security making a strikingly beautiful synthesis between the ancient and the modern. Presenting the teachings of Kenopanishad in the backdrop of the recent developments in the area of physics, chemistry, biology and psychology is no mean task and constitutes the exclusiveness of this book. The disciplines of science in the pursuit of the basic truth stumble at some invisible and unconceptualisable Reality, which may be another name for mysticism. Through very cogent arguments the author has successfully vindicated that mysticism is a corollary to scientific investigation and not opposed to it. The author’s prolonged association with the Upanishadic thought along with the insight he received from the works of his preceptors Narayana Guru and Nataraja Guru makes the commentaries of this text stimulating and unique. The original Sanskrit text along with the Roman transliteration and English paraphrasing enhance the value of this monumental commentary.


Section One
Memory and its Physical Basis
My Physical Existence is Unbounded
The Internal and the External
The Second Self of Man
Word and its Role in Life
The Human Bio-Computer
Computer and Intuition
The Programmer
Fear and its Removal
How is a Word Formulated?
What is Mind?
The Unknowability of Truth
How to Attain Knowledge
How do the Words of the Upanishad Help Us
The Mystery of the Word
An Analysis of the Self
Brahman not Worshippable
Section Two
Wisdom Cannot be Taught
How to Get Over
Who can Get Over
Our Sciences — Physics
The Real Knowledge of Reality
The Eternal and the Transient
Content of the Self
One Consciousness, Many Functions
The Non-Duality
Immortality and its Attainment
Immortality, A Living Truth
Shankara’s View
Ramanuja’s View
Madhva’s View
Narayana Guru’s View
A Double Gain
Section Three
Arthavada Revalued
The Good and the Evil
Greatness, Relative and Absolutist
Devas and Asuras in us
Visible but Unknown
We also Don’t See the Reality
The Only Saviour
The Special Place of Agni
Why Agni Fails
Two Aspects of Knowledge
A New Indra
Why the Yaksha Disappears
Disappearance of the World of Sufferings and the Emergence of Truth
Uma as a Guru
Why a Female Guru
Why the Daughter of the Himalayas
Section Four
The Ultimate Teaching
Appearance Gains a New Dimension
The Role of a Guru
Social Status and its Basis
Respectability of Wisdom
Brahmajnana is not Merely an Ideation
What is Adhyatma-Jnana
What is Adhidaivata
Two Metaphors
The Worshippable Aspect of Brahman
The Two-Sided Instruction
Why the Same Question is Repeated
We are the Questioners
Our Conditioned Mind
No Direct Answer Possible
No Private Teaching
Tapas (Austerity)
Dama (Self-Restraint)
Karma (Action)
Satyam (Truth)

Meet the Author
Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.