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CHAPTER 5 - SECTION 13
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:31:18 PM »
5.13.1. The Uktha --- is another meditation. The Uktha is a hymn of praise. It is the principal feature of the Mahavrata sacrifice (Somayaga). What is that Uktha? The vital force is the Uktha. The vital force is chief among the organs, as the Uktha is among hymns of praise. Hence one should meditate upon the vital force as the Uktha. How is the vital force the Uktha? This is being explained: For it raises this universe; because of this raising it is called the Uktha. No lifeless man ever rises. The result of the meditation on it is being stated: From him who knows as above rises a son who is a knower of the vital force --- this is the visible result; and he achieves union with and abode in the same world as the Uktha --- this is the invisible result.

5.13.2. One should meditate upon the vital force as the Yajus too. The vital force is the Yajus (The name of one of the Vedas; but here it is given a figurative meaning. The same with ‘Saman’ in the next paragraph.). How is the vital force the Yajus? For all (these) beings are joined with one another if there is the vital force. None has the strength to unite with another unless he has life; hence the vital force is called he Yajus --- because it joins. The result that accrues to one who knows as above is being stated: All beings are joined for the eminence of him who knows as above --- they try to make him their chief. And he achieves union with and abode in the same world as the Yajus or the vital force. These words have already been explained.

5.13.3. One should also meditate upon the vital force as the Saman. The vital force is the Saman. How is the vital force the Saman? For all beings are united if there is the vital force. The vital force is called Saman because of this union --- causing them to unite. For him who knows as above all beings are united, and not only that, they succeed in bringing about his eminence. The rest is to be explained as before.

5.13.4. One should meditate upon the vital force as the Ksatra. The vital force is the Ksatra, for it is indeed the Ksatra, as is well known. How? This is being explained: Because the vital force protects the body from wounds, injuries inflicted with weapons etc., by filling them up with new flesh, therefore it is well known as the Ksatra, on account of this healing of the wounds. The result that accrues to one who knows this is being stated: He who knows as above attains this Ksatra, or the vital force, that has no other protector, is not protected by anything else (Atra). Or the word may be ‘Ksatra-matra,’ as another (the Madhyandina) recension has it; in which case the meaning will be, ‘Attains identity with the Ksatra, or becomes the vital force.’ And achieves union with and abode in the same world as the Ksatra.