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Kena Upanishad Teachings - Kenopanishad Quotes

A collection of teachings and quotes from Kena Upanishad. Kenopanishad is also known as Talavakara-Upanishad because of its place as a chapter in the Talavakara-Brahmana of the Sama-Veda.

If you think you know Brahman, well you know little. The form of Brahman that you see in living beings and deities is but a trifle. Indeed, he among us who comprehends, knows and also knows that he does not know.

He who thinks he does not know That (Brahman), knows That. That is the unknown to the wise, but to the ignorant That is known.

Indeed, he who can perceive That through every state of cognition, by such knowledge gains immortality.

By the Atma, he attains real strength and by knowledge, he attains immortality.

What speech cannot reveal but which reveals the speech, know that alone is God. What mind cannot comprehend, but what cognizes mind, know that alone is God.

The eye does not go there, nor speech, nor mind. We do no know That. We do know how to instruct one about It. It is distinct from the known and above the unknown.

What speech cannot reveal but what reveals speech, know That alone as Brahman

What one cannot feel with the mind, but because of which they say that the mind feels know That alone as Brahman.

What cannot be seen by the eye but by which the eyes are able to see know That alone as Brahman.

He understands Brahman who comprehends It not; and understands It not who feel he has comprehended It.

What is God? – Answers from Kena Upanishad

Brahman (God) is that from which all beings are born that by which they are sustained and that unto which they return.

That which is not perceived by the eyes as an object, as a color or a form, but because of which the eyes are able to see. That is Brahman.

That which is not seen, but because of which the eyes are able to see; that which cannot be described by words, but because of which our speech is able to describe other things; that which is not heard by the ears, but because of which our ears are able to hear; that is Brahman. (Kena Upanishad I: 4 – 7)

Kena Upanishad Teachings on Brahman

Everything is Brahman – this is the great teaching.
May I never deny Brahman.
May Brahman never deny me.
May there be no denial.
May there be no denial of me.
Let the great truths of the Upanishads live I me, who delights in the Self.

By who does the mind think? By whom do the eyes see and the ears hear? By whose desire does life begin to move? By whose wish does a person begin to speak? – The answer is Brahman, which is wholeness. Brahman is the ear of the ear, and the mind of the mind. It is the breath of the breath, and the eye of the eye.

Brahman cannot be expressed by speech, but it is that by which we are able to speak.

Brahman cannot be though by the mind, but it is that by which the mind thinks.

Brahman cannot be seen by the eyes, but is that by which the eyes see.

Brahman cannot be heard by the ears, but it is that by which the ears hear.
Kena Upanishad