Chandogya Upanishad III.i.8

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    There were once three men well versed in the Udgitha – Silaka Salavatya, Chaikitayana Dalbhya and Pravahana Jaivali. They said, “We are indeed well-versed in the Udgitha. Well, let us have a discussion on it.”

    “So be it,” said they and sat down. Then Pravahana Jaivali said: “You two, sirs, speak first, for I wish to hear what two Brahmins have to say.”

    Then Silaka Salavatya said to Chaikitayana Dalbhya: “Let me ask you.”

    “Ask”, he replied.

    “What is the origin (abode) of the Saman (Udgitha)?”

    “Tone”, he replied.

    “What is the origin of tone?”

    “Breath”, he replied.

    “What is the origin of breath?”

    “Food”, he replied.

    “What is the origin of food?”

    “Water”, he replied.


    “What is the origin of water?”

    “Yonder world”, he replied.

    “What is the origin of the yonder world?”

    He replied: “One should not go beyond the world of heaven. We establish the Saman in the world of heaven, for the Saman is extolled in heaven.”


    Then Silaka Salavatya said to Chaikitayana Dalbhya: “Your Saman. O Dalbhya, is not firmly established. If now anyone were to say, ‘Your head shall fall off’, surely your head would fall off.”


    “Well, then, let me know it from you, Sir”, said Dalbhya.

    “Know it”, replied Silaka Salavatya. ”What is the origin of the yonder world?”

    “This world”, he replied.

    “And what is the origin of this world?”

    He replied: “One should not go beyond this world as its support. We establish the Saman in this world as its support, for the Saman is praised as the support.”


    Then said Pravahana Jaivali to him: “Indeed, O Salavatya, your Saman has an end. If someone were now to say, ‘Your head shall fall off’, surely your head would fall off.”

    “Well, then, let me know this from you, Sir.”

    “Know it”, he replied.


    “What is the origin of this world?”

    “Space”, he replied. “For all these creatures take their rise from space, and they return to space. Space is indeed greater than these. Space is the ultimate abode.”


    This indeed is the Udgitha – the highest and the best. It is without an end. He who, knowing this, meditates on the Udgitha, the highest and the best, becomes the highest and the best and obtains the highest and the best of worlds.
     

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