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Hinduism - What Is The Kena Upanishad?


Kena Upanishad is one of the first speculative works, the Upanishads, whose name is derived from the first word of the book itself.

The first two portions of the Kena Upanishad are written in poetry, whereas the third and fourth sections are written in prose.

Despite its length, this modification gives the text a disconnected air, raising the likelihood that it is a combination of two prior manuscripts.

The Kena Upanishad, like many of the later upanishads, asserts that the ultimate cause of all existence is assigned to a single force that can only be revealed by a flash of mystic insight.

“It is conceived by one who does not conceive of it, it is not conceived by one who conceives, it is not known by those who believe they know it, it is known by those who think they do not know it,” the stanza portions explain (verse 2.3).

The prose sections are very different, recounting an interaction between a mystery figure (Brahman personified) and some of the early Vedic gods—Indra, Agni, and Vayu.

Despite their best attempts, the gods are unable to use their distinct abilities of storm, fire, and wind, demonstrating that their divine power is derived from Brahman rather than being their own.


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