17.23 oṁ tat sad iti nirdeśo (Original)

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Chapter 17

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oṁ tat sad iti nirdeśo
brahmaṇas tri-vidhaḥ smṛtaḥ
brāhmaṇās tena vedāś ca
yajñāś ca vihitāḥ purā

‘Brahm’s denomination is declared as triple: ‘OM, TAT (and) SAT.’ Conjoined with it were, of old, Brāhmaṇas, Vedas and Yajñas created.’

The triplicit formula ‘OM, TAT, SAT,’ is used with reference to Brahm. Brahm here is Veda. By Veda is meant Veda-ordained work (=karma). Veda-ordained work is Yajña etc. The Yajña and other ritualistic works are connected with the symbols OM, TAT and SAT. The symbol OM is used as a necessary part of the equipment of the cultus, consisting in the performance of Vaidika-rituals; and the symbols TAT and SAT are terms of worship and symbolically related (in the sense explained later on) to the (aforesaid) cultus.

Brāhmaṇas are those who (from prescriptive right) have connection with these symbols; Brāhmaṇa representing the three Varnas (=castes, Brahma, Kshatriya and Vaisya, eligible for Veda-observances.)

They and the Vedas and the Yajñas were, of old, created by Myself.

The manner how these three Symbols are connected (or applied) is now explained. How, first, OM is connected is explained:

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