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    Hello and Namaste.

    I've read two english translations of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, one by Max Müller, and another by Swami Madhavananda of Ramakrishna Math.

    But both versions have problems with the 3rd to 5th verses of the Sixth Adhyaya.

    Max Müller left these verses untranslated, because they supposedly deal with sex-related rituals and he was too shy to translate it

    Swami Madhavananda also didn't translated these verses.

    I've read them on the internet, but I don't know if the translation is reliable. It says that if a man "spills" semen he has to touch it, rub into his chest and between the eyebrows and recite a mantra.

    Does anybody here have access to the original text and/or a reliable translation?

    Discussions about the meaning of such verses are also welcomed.

    Pranams.

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    Re: Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - VI, 4, 3-5.

    Namaste,

    This part of the Upanishad is disputed. It comes in Kila-khand at the end of the Upanishad and suddenly highly complex discussion on Advaitic philosophy turns into some very rudimentary Tantric procedures.

    So, in my opinion, you are trying to find ordinary hay in the heap of gems lying in the Upanishad.

    OM
    "Om Namo Bhagvate Vaasudevaye"

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    Re: Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - VI, 4, 3-5.

    Namaste

    Sree Shankaracharya has commented on these lines. Hence it must be understood that͵ they are authoritative according to Sree Shankara. This portion deals with Putra-Mandham and Sree-Mandham which belongs to Karma-Jnana samuccaya͵ which͵ while not likely to confer moksha͵ is capable of leading the practitioner to higher worlds.

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