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The Praśna Upaniṣad

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The Praśna Upaniṣad (PU), like the Muṇḍaka, is one of the Upaniṣads of the Atharva Veda. The six men who approach Pippalāda with questions about the nature of brahman all bear names that associate them with different lineages of Upaniṣadic teachers. The six men who approach Pippalāda with questions about the nature of brahman all bear names that associate them with different lineages of Upaniṣadic teachers. one of the central concepts in the PU is prāṇa, the life breath. Prāṇa is identified with Prajāpati, Indra, and Rudra. The ātman is the agent of all actions, imperishable, and ultimately identical with puruṣa. Vernacularisms and Vedisms are evenly distributed throughout the prose text and the stanzas of the PU.

Keywords: ātman; Prāṇa; Praśna Upaniṣad

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