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June 21, 2015


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to minx: in mentioning prana,, i think of pranayama within yoga, and in particular kundalini awakening yoga, and i wonder is not the mastery of pranayama, the breath as life force energy, not the same thing as the mantra apparently is speaking of? Of course pranayama is central to yoga which is of course central to hinduism and its antecedents as well.

If you throw a good mantram in Devanghari in the face of the Zennist readers, at least have the courtesy to translate it properly into english for those who do not read Devanghari.

Mundakopanishat -Mantram you posted is good, but this one is better;


Mantra 3.11

य एवंविद्वान्प्राणं वेद न हास्य प्रजा हीयतेऽमृतो भवति तदेष श्लोकः ॥ ११ ॥

Literal Trans.

यः  he एवंविद्वान् the knower प्राणं prāṇa  वेद knows न not  ह indeed अस्य his प्रजा offspring हीयते lost अमृतः immortal भवति becomes तत् that एष is श्लोकः verse


The wise man who thus knows prāṇa does not lose his offspring and becomes immortal. As to this there is the following verse.

Whoever acquires the knowledge of prāṇa as stated in the foregoing along with its origin gets to enjoy certain fruits both in this life and in the other world. The fruit accruing in this life is that his offspring, both immediate such as son and that of the next generation such as grandson, will not be lost. Upon his own death he becomes one with prāṇa and becomes immortal.  

There. Now all can read and reflect the mysterious wisdom of the ageless ;)

"Two people eat hot peppers together. Their immediate reactions and subsequent descriptions have reference to the two hot peppers they just ate."

The first thing that this analogy brought to mind is the "द्वा सुपर्णा सयुजा सखाया समानं वृक्षं परिषस्वजाते" mantram from the RV and the similar settings in the muNDakopaniShad & shwetAshwataropaniShad.

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