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Teenthe Kaivalya Upaniṣad

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The Kaivalya Upaniṣad (KaiU) is a Śaiva Upaniṣad formally affiliated with the Atharvaveda. The teachings of the Upaniṣads are presented by the god Brahmā to the sage Āśvalāyana. Āśvalāyana is associated with one of the śākhās of the Ṛgveda, and his presence in the text imparts a sense of ancient Vedic authority. The knowledge of brahman is what leads the seeker to the ultimate goal: The knowledge of puruṣa. Māyā is used in the sense of “illusion” in the KaiU.

Keywords: Ṛgveda; brahman; Kaivalya Upaniṣad (KaiU); Māyā



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