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The Taittiriya Upanishad
Translated by Alladi Mahadeva Sastry


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Book 2






1. From food indeed are (all) creatures born, whatever (creatures) dwell on earth; by food,again, surely they live; then again to the food they go at the end. Food, surely, is of beings the eldest; thence it is called the medicament of all. All food, verily, they obtain, who food as Brahman regard; for, food is the eldest of all begings, and thence it is called the medicament of all. From food are beings born; when born, by food they grow. It is fed upon, and it feeds on beings; thence food it is called.





2. Than that, verily, -- than this one formed of food essence, -- there is another self within, formed of Prana; by him this one is filled.





3. He, verily, -- this one, -- is quite of man's shape. After his human shape, this one is of man's shape. Of him prana itself is the head, vyana is the right wing, apana is the left wing, akasa is the self, the earth is the tail, the support.





4. On that, too, there is this verse:




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