Sacred Chants: Isha Upanishad (Verses 1 - 2)





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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2009

Shlokas from the Ish Upanishad (ईशावास्य उपनिषद्), set to instrumental music.

Lyrics (English transliterations):
Isha vaasyam idamsarvam yatkinchha jagatyaam jagat.
Tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma gridaha kasya swiddhanam. || 1 ||

Kurvanneveha karmani jijivishechatamsamaha.
Evam tvayi nanyathetosti na karma lipyate nare. II 2 II

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Track: Verses 1 - 2
Artist: Pt. Ganesh Vidyalankar
Album: Ish Upanishad

The Ish Upanishad is contained in the final chapter of the Shukla Yajurveda. It consists of 17 two-line verses covering a wide spectrum of philosophy, religion, ritualism and metaphysics in a concise manner. It assumes a Lord (Ish) of the universes who has the capacity to know everything infinitely, including everything that can be known about a character such as his/her thoughts, feelings, fears, desires etcetera.

The Ish Upanishad is also called the Ishavaasyoponishad. It derives this name from the first word of the first verse, which reads:
Isha vaasyam idamsarvam yatkinchha jagatyaam jagat.
Tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma gridaha kasya swiddhanam.

Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada has very succinctly given the meaning of this verse as thus:
"Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for oneself, which are set aside as one's quota, and refrain from accepting other things, knowing full well to whom they truly belong."

In other words, "This universe is enveloped by the Lord". This explanation is what forms the gist of the Ish Upanishad.

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