Wednesday, September 25, 2019

BU 1.5.1

Excerpt from the book 'Upanishads' - A new translation by Patrick Olivelle

- Brhadaranyaka Upanishad -

    By wisdom and by toil,
    when the father produced
    the seven kinds of food - 

One was common to all here.
Two he assigned to the gods.
Three he kept for himself.
One he gave to the beasts.

    All beings depend on it,
    both those that breathe
    and those that do not.

Why aren't they exhausted,
when they are eaten every day?

The man who knows it
as the inexhaustible - 

    he eats food with his face;
    he reaches the gods;
    he lives on invigorating food.