eye (gaze) in the Katha Upanishad

jkirk jkirk at MICRON.NET
Wed Feb 6 05:34:32 UTC 2002


I also inquired on another list about a citation in a Buddhist sutra. The
only reply so far cites the Threefold Lotus Sutra, and as I understand, that
did not originate in India.  Can you tell me if I'm correct here or not?  I
am looking only for indigenous Indian sources of this concept or figure.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick Olivelle" <jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU>
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: eye (gaze) in the Katha Upanishad

> 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.
> Patrick
> >"...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
> >(paranci khani vyatrnat svayambhustasmat  paran pasyati
> >
> >Is there anything in this verse which equates which the exposition above
> >quotation about the "faults of the eye organ"?
> >
> >I recently found this on some website and ask the list folks if they
> >kindly tell me chapter and verse from the Katha Up. which I don't
> >might have it at the local state U library, but if someone here knows
> >one, it probably would save me a parking ticket on that campus :-)
> >
> >Thanks for any help with this. Joanna Kirkpatrick

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