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Shri Narayana Upanisad
Narayana is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He desired, ‘I shall create children’. From Narayana the life breath, mind, all the senses, ether, air, fire, water, and earth, which maintains the universe, were born. From Narayana Brahma was born. From Narayana Siva was born. From Narayana Indra was born. From Narayana Prajapati was born. From Narayana the twelve Adityas, the Rudras, the Vasus, and all the Vedic hymns were born. From Narayana they were manifested. Into Narayana they again enter. This is the crown of the Rg Veda.
Narayana is eternal. Narayana is Brahma. Narayana is the universe. Narayana is Indra. Narayana is time. Narayana is the primary directions. Narayana is the secondary directions. Narayana is above. Narayana is below. Narayana is within and without. Narayana is everything, whatever was and whatever will be. Narayana is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one without a second, free of all impurity, untouched by matter, liberated, pure, beyond the power of material words to describe. One who understands Him in this way becomes like Lord Vishnu. He becomes like Lord Vishnu. This is the crown of the Yajur Veda.
First one pronounces the letter ‘Om’. Then one pronounces the word ‘namah’, then one pronounces the word ‘Narayanaya’. ‘Om’ has one syllable. ‘Namah’ has two syllables. ‘Narayanaya’ has five syllables. This is the eight syllable mantra of Lord Narayana. One who respectfully recites this eight syllable mantra of Lord Narayana attains long life. He has good children, royal opulence, and wealth of many cows, he becomes immortal. This is the crown of the Sama Veda.
Note: The mantra here is “Om namo Narayanaya”.
The blissful Supreme Personality of Godhead appears as the sacred syllable Om, which consists of three letters: a, u and m. A yogi who once recites this sacred syllable Om is released from the bondage of repeated birth and death. A person who worships the Lord by reciting the mantra “Om namo narayanaya” will go to the spiritual world of Vaikuntha. Vaikuntha is a great lotus flower. It is filled with spiritual knowledge. It is splendid like a lightning flash. In that Vaikuntha resides the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the son of Devaki and the killer of the Madhu demon. Lord Narayana is the one Supreme Person who resides in the hearts of all living beings. He is the source of the purusa-avataras. No one is the source of Him. He is the Supreme. He appears as the sacred syllable Om. This is the crown of the Atharva Veda.
(The Result of Hearing the Upanisad)
One who studies this Upanisad in the morning destroys the sins he committed in the previous night. One who studies this Upanisad in the evening destroys the sins he committed in the previous day. When one studies this Upanisad in the morning and evening his sins are sins no longer. One who faces the sun and studies this Upanisad at midday becomes free from the five great and petty sins. He attains the piety of following all the Vedas. He attains the liberation of meeting Lord Narayana. He attains the liberation of meeting Lord Narayana. In this way it is understood. Thus the Upanisad.