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NINTH Khanda

1. Thus he reached the house of his teacher. The teacher said to him: "Satyakâma." He replied: "Sir."

2. The teacher said: "Friend, you shine like one who knows Brahman. Who then has taught you[1]?" He replied: "Not men. But you only, Sir, I wish, should teach me[2];

3. For I have heard from men like you, Sir, that only knowledge which is learnt from a teacher (Âkârya), leads to real good." Then he taught him the same knowledge. Nothing was left out, yea, nothing was left out.

TENTH Khanda[3]

1. Upakosala Kâmalâyana dwelt as a Brahmakârin (religious student) in the house of Satyakâma Gâbâla. He tended his fires for twelve years. But the teacher, though he allowed other pupils (after they had learnt the sacred books) to depart to their own homes, did not allow Upakosala to depart.

2. Then his wife said to him: "This student, who is quite exhausted (with austerities), has carefully tended your fires. Let not the fires themselves blame you, but teach him." The teacher, however, went away on a journey without having taught him.

3. The student from sorrow was not able to eat.

  1. It would have been a great offence if Satyakâma had accepted instruction from any man, except his recognised teacher.
  2. The text should be, bhagavâms tv eva me kâme brûyât (me kâme = mamekkhâyâm).
  3. The Upakosala-vidyâ teaches first Brahman as the cause, and then in its various forms, and is therefore called âtmavidyâ and agnividyâ.