Front Page Titles (by Subject) FIFTH PRAŚNA - The Thirteen Principal Upanishads
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FIFTH PRAŚNA - Misc (Upanishads), The Thirteen Principal Upanishads 
The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, translated from the Sanskrit with an outline of the philosophy of the Upanishads and an annotated bibliography, by Robert Ernest Hume (Oxford University Press, 1921).
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Concerning the value of meditation on ‘Om’
1. Then Śaibya Satyakāma asked him [i.e. Pippalāda]: ‘Verily, Sir, if some one among men here should meditate on the syllable Om until the end of his life, which world, verily, does he win thereby?’
Partial or complete comprehension of ‘Om’ and of Brahma affords temporary or final cessation of rebirth
2. To him then he said: ‘Verily, O Satyakāma, that which is the syllable Om is both the higher and the lower Brahma.1
Therefore with this support, in truth, a knower reaches one or the other.
3. If he meditates on one element [namely a], having been instructed by that alone he quickly comes into the earth [after death]. The Rig verses lead him to the world of men. There, united with austerity, chastity, and faith, he experiences greatness.
4. Now, if he is united in mind with two elements [namely a + u], he is led by the Yajus formulas to the intermediate space, to the world of the moon. Having experienced greatness in the world of the moon, he returns hither again.
5. Again, he who meditates on the highest Person (Purusha) with the three elements of the syllable Om [namely a + u + m], is united with brilliance (tejas) in the sun. As a snake is freed from its skin, even so, verily, is he freed from sin (pāpman). He is led by the Sāman chants to the world of Brahma. He beholds the Person that dwells in the body and that is higher than the highest living complex. As to this there are these two verses (śloka):—
6. The three elements are deadly when employed
One after the other, separately.
In actions external, internal, or intermediate
When they are properly employed, the knower trembles not.
7. With the Rig verses, to this world; with the Sāman chants, to the intermediate space;
With the Yajus formulas, to that which sages (kavi) recognize;
With the syllable Om in truth as a support, the knower reaches That
Which is peaceful, unaging, immortal, fearless, and supreme!’
[1 ]Compare Muṇḍ. 1. 1. 4 for the two kinds of sacred knowledge. So here probably brahma may be used in the sense of ‘sacred knowledge’ as well as in a strictly metaphysical sense referring to the nir-guṇa, ‘un-qualified,’ and the saguṇa, ‘qualified,’ Brahma respectively.