“This upanishad is a very important one with only twelve verses. It is the shortest but an extremely philosophically significant Upanishad which has been expounded by a later commentator Gaudapada in his Mandukya
Upanishad Karika and that has been commented upon by Shankaracharya. It is a highly philosophical Upanishad. In one later Upanishad, it is mentioned that for achieving spiritual liberation, this single Upanishad is quite enough—that is referred to in the Muktika Upanishad.1 For the attainment of the sole object—the attainment of highest truth, the supreme goal of existence— this single Upanishad of Mandukya is enough. Shankaracharya says that the Upanishad Mandukya with Karika embodies in itself ‘the quintessence of the substance of the import of Vedanta.’2
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