Verses from the Kena Upanishad

An extract from Verses from the Upanishads,
translated by Hari Prasad Shastri with his commentary.

By whose will and direction does the mind move? Under whose orders does the vital force (prana) move? Whose will is it that causes men to speak? Whose light directs the eye and the ear? 1:1

In this verse, the highest enquiry into the spiritual truth is instituted, and it is pushed further than the mind. The enquiry aims to know the nature of the director of the senses and the mind. It is not mere enquiry into the apparent states of mind, feeling and volition, but is a much more important question. It is real inquisitiveness in the Greek sense.

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This article is from the Spring 2018 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.