Glimpses of Vedic Literature

Taittiriya Upanishad (contd.)

THERE are five sheaths of our being, beginning with the material and culminating in the blissful. This was the main substance of the Taittiriya Upanishad's section "Brahmavalli," which was summarised in the last note.

Corresponding to these five sheaths, there are five cosmic planes of the manifestation of the Eternal. This is the main substance of "Bhriguvalli," which is the last section of the Taittiriya Upanishad. It consists of a dialogue between Bhrigu, Varuna's son, with his father.

Let us see how the dialogue begins. It will also show how the Upanishadic teachers used to teach their pupils,— not by giving discourses, but by suggesting a few key words 3nd leaving the pupils to meditate thereon and to explore by thought and askesis.

"Bhrigu, Varuna's son, came unto his father, Varuna and said, 'Lord, teach me the Eternal.' And his father declared

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