eye (gaze) in the Katha Upanishad

Patrick Olivelle jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU
Wed Feb 6 01:44:49 UTC 2002

The quote is from Katha Upanishad 4.1 -- see also Aitareya Upanishad
1.1-3. About the connection with the quotation regarding the eye's
attachment, I am not sure.


>"...the faults of the eye organ are defined as the eye's attachment to
>forms. The eye runs after the forms in the external world.....
>The Katha Upanisad says, "The self existent  pierced   the senses
>outward and so one looks outward and not within oneself. However a wise
>man, seeking immortality and turning his eyes inward, sees the inner Self"
>(paranci khani vyatrnat svayambhustasmat  paran pasyati
>Is there anything in this verse which equates which the exposition above the
>quotation about the "faults of the eye organ"?
>I recently found this on some website and ask the list folks if they would
>kindly tell me chapter and verse from the Katha Up. which I don't have--they
>might have it at the local state U library, but if someone here knows this
>one, it probably would save me a parking ticket on that campus :-)
>Thanks for any help with this. Joanna Kirkpatrick

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