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The Taittirīya Upaniṣad

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The Taittirīya Upaniṣad (TU) comprises chapters 7, 8 and 9 of the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka. The teachings presented in the Śikṣāvallī are specifically called an upaniṣad. Brahman is identified with the Vedic god Vāyu. Ātman is used in the Vedic sense of “body” numerous times in the Śikṣāvallī, but rarely in the sense of “inner Self ” The Śikṣāvallī contains an instance of pre-classical sandhi. Food is an important theme in TU 2-3. The food is identified as the primordial matter out of which the universe is made. Brahman is the theme of the conversation the Vedic god Varuṇa has with his son Bhṛgu in TU 3. The linguistic features of TU 2-3 are not that different from those of the Śikṣāvallī.

Keywords: Ātman; Śikṣāvallī; Brahman; Taittirīya Upaniṣad (TU)

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