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Vedic Verses for 10/1/14

She said to him: I do not know, my child, of what ancestry you are. In my youth I was preoccupied with many household duties and with attending on guests when I conceived you. I do not know of what ancestry you are. I am Jabala by name and you are Satyakama. So you may speak of yourself as Satyakama Jabala (the son of Jabala).

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad IV, IV - The Story of Satyakama, 2

He came to Gautama the son of Haridrumata and said: Revered Sir, I wish to live with you as a brahmacharin. May I approach you, as a pupil?

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad IV, IV - The Story of Satyakama, 3

Gautama said to him: Of what ancestry are you, dear friend? Satyakama said: I do not know, Sir, of what ancestry I am. I asked my mother about it and she replied: 'In my youth I was preoccupied with many household duties and with attending on guests when I conceived you. I do not know of what ancestry you are. I am Jabala by name and you are Satyakama.' I am therefore, Sir, Satyakama Jabala.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad IV, IV - The Story of Satyakama, 4

Gautama said: None but a true brahmin would thus speak out. Fetch the fuel, dear friend; I shall initiate you. You have not departed from truth. He initiated Satyakama. Having separated out four hundred lean and weak cows from his herd, he said: Dear friend, go with these. Driving them away toward the forest, Satyakama said: I shall not return until they become a thousand. He lived a number of years in the forest. When the cows had become a thousand-

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad IV, IV - The Story of Satyakama, 5

The bull of the herd, addressing him, said: Satyakama! Revered Sir! Satyakama replied. The bull said: Dear friend, we have become a thousand, take us to teacher's house.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad IV, V - Instruction by the Bull, 1

    



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