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Read Isavasya Upanishad in English

The Isavasya Upanishad is part of the fortieth chapter of the Shukla Yajurveda. There is an Upanishad included in the part. In the category of 108 Upanishads, Ishavasyopanishad has got first place. In this Upanishad, description of God’s qualities, description of self, description of renunciation of unrighteousness, etc. have been said.

There are only 18 mantras in the Isavasya Upanishad, in these eighteen verses, the sound of jhan-jhan is generated as if Brahma-description, worship, prayer etc. There is no difference in considering the essence of Vedanta as Brahman, knowledge, and self-knowledge. The meaning of Ishavasyopanishad is that salvation is attained by knowledge. In this Upanishad, the description of the subtle form of God has been told, knowing that the soul is a part of Koparbrahma and teaching non-violence.



There are only 18 verses in the Isavasya Upanishad, which is part of the 40th chapter of the Yajurveda. Its 18 verses have been an important place like the 18 chapters of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Description of Brahma, description of worship, description of prayer, description of Brahma knowledge, description of self-knowledge, description of meaning knowledge, etc. have been given in this Upanishad.

Ishavasyopanishad is named after the Ishavasya of the first mantra ‘Ishavasyamidam Sarvam’. In spite of being small in all the Upanishads, there is an introduction of amazing subtle vision in it. It is said in the first mantra, this whole world is the abode of God.

ईशावास्यामिदं सर्व यत्किश्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद् धनम् ।।

Seeing God everywhere, the seeker becomes selfless and does not desire someone else’s wealth. He gets happiness by offering his everything to God. Enjoying a substance gives momentary pleasure, that pleasure is the pleasure of renunciation, and this pleasure is eternal and pure.

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