Aitareya-Aranyaka: Seventh Adhyâya

Updated May 14, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Seventh Adhyâya[104]

First Khanda

1. My speech rests in the mind, my mind rests in speech[105]. Appear to me (thou, the Highest Self)! You (speech and mind) are the two pins[106] (that hold the wheels) of the Veda. May what I have learnt not forsake me[107]. I join day and night with what I have learnt[108]. I shall speak of the real, I shall speak the true. May this protect me, may this protect the teacher! May it protect me, may it protect the teacher, yea, the teacher!

[104] This seventh adhyâya contains a propitiatory prayer (sântikaro mantrah). It is frequently left out in the MSS. which contain the Aitareya-upanishad with Sankara's commentary, and Dr. Roer has omitted it in his edition. Sâyana explains it in his commentary on the Aitareya-âranyaka; and in one MS. of Sankara's commentary on the Aitareya-upanishad, which is in my possession, the seventh adhyâya is added with the commentary of Mâdhavâmâtya, the Âgñâpâlaka of Vîrabukka-mahârâga.

[105] The two depend on each other.

[106] Ant, explained by the commentator as ânayanasamartha.

[107] Cf. Kh. Up. IV, 2, 5.

[108] I repeat it day and night so that I may not forget it.

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