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Kathopanishad is one of the 10 principal upanishads which present the essence and culmination of all knowledge found within India’s most ancient and sacred texts; the vedas. It is believed that listening to the upanishads is the first step towards discovering our unique spiritual path to liberation. In 2020, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai gave a series of talks over the course of a month, which methodically and thoroughly explained the significance of the Kathopanishad and its relevance to us in our lives. This podcast series is compiled from those talks.

Kathopanishad Sanathana Vani

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Kathopanishad is one of the 10 principal upanishads which present the essence and culmination of all knowledge found within India’s most ancient and sacred texts; the vedas. It is believed that listening to the upanishads is the first step towards discovering our unique spiritual path to liberation. In 2020, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai gave a series of talks over the course of a month, which methodically and thoroughly explained the significance of the Kathopanishad and its relevance to us in our lives. This podcast series is compiled from those talks.

    0. Introduction to Paravidya and Kathopanishad

    0. Introduction to Paravidya and Kathopanishad

    What is the Kathopanishad?
    Why is it important for seekers of the Truth to study it?

    In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, gives an introduction to what is known as 'paravidya' or the highest spiritual knowledge that leads one to the Truth of one's Self. He describes how it is different from all other forms of knowledge which are all transient and ever-changing.

    Sadguru introduces the Kathopanishad, and explains why listening and contemplating to this upanishad can help one assimilate the teachings and uncover the Truth for themselves.

    For study materials related to the each episode in this series, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/kathopanishad

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP0

    • 31 min
    1. Four steps to become buddha (the enlightened one)

    1. Four steps to become buddha (the enlightened one)

    In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai dives directly into what He refers to as the main question posed by Nachiketa. 
    It is the very essence of Kathopanishad.
    “Tell me whether That exists or not because it cannot be touched, tasted, smelled nor heard? 
    So how do I know if It exists?”
    We are all doubtful about it. 
    Scientists may say It does not exist. 
    But Lord Yama says there is something that exists beyond the senses and the mind. 
    So, is it true or is it not true?
    That is the million dollar question of Nachiketa.
    That is what the Kathopanishad teaches us.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP1

    • 56 min
    2. Five qualities of a good student

    2. Five qualities of a good student

    In the Gita, Lord Krishna says “The one who has śraddhā alone is entitled to knowledge.”
    Through the Kathopanishad, we are shown the qualities which the young Nachiketa embodies – these are the qualities that all seekers of the Truth should imbibe.
    Further, Sri Adi Shankara says, “In the śāstras, the scriptures, and in the guruvākya, whatever the guru tells, whoever has sattva buddhi, pure mindedness, who believes in that, such a person is called śraddhāvān.”
    In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai clearly elaborates on the five qualities which every student of the divine Truth should personify.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP2

    • 50 min
    3. Three kinds of sufferings (Tapatrayas)

    3. Three kinds of sufferings (Tapatrayas)

    oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ ॥
    During vedic or prayer invocations, it is common for it to conclude with the chanting of three shantis. When one recites three shantis, each shanti is dedicated specifically for one of the three types of sufferings that every human being endures during their lifetime.

    tapa means difficulty and traya means three. The three types of sufferings are ādhibhautika (related to the body), ādhidaivika (related to the gods/mind) and ādhyātmika (related to the soul).
    Swami beautifully explains how Yama teaches the young Nachiketa about That which is beyond these three types of suffering.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP3

    • 32 min
    4. Seven qualities of a spiritual seeker

    4. Seven qualities of a spiritual seeker

    Although in this day and age, vedantic texts are accessible easily through various mediums at the touch of a button, the Truth as taught in vedanta, is not to be taken lightly.
    In the past, spiritual seekers had to prove their readiness and make great efforts in order to be deemed worthy of receiving the knowledge from their gurus.

    In this episode, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai describes in detail, the seven important qualities of such a spiritual seeker as described in another one of the ten principle upaniṣads – the praśnopaniṣad.

    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP4

    • 40 min
    5. The four aspects of the mind

    5. The four aspects of the mind

    Using the analogy of a computer, Sadguru beautifully explains the four aspects of the mind, namely –
    मनस् manas – a collection of all kinds of thoughts
    बुद्धि buddhi – the ability to discriminate, analyse, and come to a decision
    चित्त citta – memory, storage
    अहंकार ahaṁkāra – identification

    The body follows what is collectively dictated by these four aspects of the mind.
    Having described this, Sadguru then shares how to attain a pure, good mind, with pure thoughts, pure intentions leading to pure actions.
    If you'd like to get the links and shownotes for this episode, visit:

    https://www.saiprakashana.org/KU-EP5

    • 51 min

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prajna108 ,

Kathopanishad highest truth

The rarest of opportunities to hear the truth from the mouth of one who has realized it and who wants us to follow. How better to access this in the digested form and with the convenient access of a podcast.

DineshRudra ,

Perfect starting place to dive into the upanishads

For most of my life, I was never at all interested in vedanta or the upanishads. I always felt that the philosophy was way too much for me, and that I was not wired to consume it. So, I was very pleasantly surprised that after starting to listen to the Kathopanishad podcast, not only could I follow these discourses but they have also got me somewhat drawn to the idea of diving as deep as I can into the subject. The more I listen, the more in-tune I am to relating to what is being taught in the upanishad.

I also love the story aspect of the Kathopanishad. It’s a dialogue between a little boy and the lord of death. How awesome is that. And Sri Madhusudan Sai doesn’t just limit his talks to just the dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama, or just the verses in the Kathopanishad, but He draws from a wide variety of other scriptures, discourses and stories to help elucidate each point.

In my opinion, this is the perfect starting place for anyone who is interested in starting an exploration into advaita vedanta, the upanishads, or their very own true nature.

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