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TWELFTH Khanda[1]

1. "Fetch me from thence a fruit of the Nyagrodha tree."
"Here is one, Sir."
"Break it."
"It is broken, Sir."
"What do you see there?"
"These seeds, almost infinitesimal."
"Break one of them."
"It is broken, Sir."
"What do you see there?"
"Not anything, Sir."

2. The father said: "My son, that subtile essence which you do not perceive there, of that very essence this great Nyagrodha tree exists.

3. Believe it, my son. That which is the subtile essence, in it all that exists has its self. It is the True. It is the Self, and thou, O Svetaketu, art it."
"Please, Sir, inform me still more," said the son.
"Be it so, my child," the father replied.


1. Place this salt in water, and then wait on me in the morning."
The son did as he was commanded.

The father said to him: "Bring me the salt, which you placed in the water last night."

  1. The question which the son is supposed to have asked is: How can this universe which has the form and name of earth &c. be produced from the Sat which is subtile, and has neither form nor name?
  2. The question here is supposed to have been: If the Sat is the root of all that exists, why is it not perceived?