The Prashna Upanishad


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The Prashnopanishad is a Sanskrit text embedded within the Atharva Veda that is attributed to the Pippalada Sakha of Vedic scholars. It is a primary Upanishad and ranks fourth in Hinduism's Muktika canon of 108 Upanishads. The Prashna Upanishad contains six Prashna (question), each of which is a chapter with answers discussed. The chapters conclude with the phrase prasnaprativakanam, which translates as "thus concludes the answer to the question." The Upanishad is divided into three Adhyayas (chapters) with a total of six short sections. 

The first three questions are profound metaphysical questions with no defined, philosophical answers, but are mostly embellished by mythology and symbolism. The fourth section, on the other hand, is heavy on philosophy. The final two sections go over the Om symbol and the concept of Moksha. the last two Prashnas may be spurious, later-age insertions into the original Upanishad. The Prashna Upanishad is notable for its structure and sociological insights into the ancient Indian educational process.

  • Publisher: Gita Press, Gorakhpur
  • Language: Sanskrit Text with Hindi translation
  • Pages: 128
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Product Type: Religious Books
  • Weight: 112grams
  • Size: 8inchX5.5inch

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