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The Kaṭha Upaniṣad

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The Kaṭha Upaniṣad (KU) belongs to Kāṭhaka school of the Black Yajurveda. The KU is one of the first ancient Indian text that invokes terms and ideas later associated with the Sāṃkhya and Yoga schools of philosophy. The origins of the Sāṃkhya and Yoga schools have been the subject of a great deal of debate. Brahman is in the KU identified with the mystical syllable oṃ. Attaining brahman is the final goal of human beings, but this goal can only be reached through a knowledge of ātman. Although Uddālaka Āruṇi is a prominent figure in the older Upaniṣads, he is portrayed differently in various texts. He is almost always connected with a son who seeks knowledge. The KU is composed in two different meters, triṣṭubh-jagatī and anuṣṭubh/ śloka.

Keywords: ātman; Kaṭha Upaniṣad (KU); triṣṭubh-jagatī; Uddālaka Āruṇi



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