Isa Upanishad


This Upanishad desires its title from the opening words

Isa-vasya, “God-covered.”  The use of Isa (Lord)–a more personal

name of the Supreme Being than Brahman, Atman or Self, the names

usually found in the Upanishads–constitutes one of its

peculiarities.   It forms the closing chapter of the Yajur-Veda,

known as Shukla (White).

Oneness of the Soul and God, and the value of both faith and

works as means of ultimate attainment are the leading themes of

this Upanishad.   The general teaching of the Upanishads is that

works alone, even the highest, can bring only temporary happiness

and must inevitably bind a man unless through them he gains

knowledge of his real Self.   To help him acquire this knowledge

is the aim of this and all Upanishads.

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The Upanishads translated by Swami Paramananda

Text from: Project Gutenberg


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