उक्थम्; प्राणो वा उक्थम्, प्राणो हीदं सर्वमुत्थापयति; उद्धास्माधस्मादुक्थविद्वीरस्तिष्ठति, उक्थस्य सायुज्यं सलोकतां जयति, य एवं वेद ॥ १ ॥
uktham; prāṇo vā uktham, prāṇo hīdaṃ sarvamutthāpayati; uddhāsmādhasmādukthavidvīrastiṣṭhati, ukthasya sāyujyaṃ salokatāṃ jayati, ya evaṃ veda || 1 ||
1. (One should meditate upon the vital force as) the Uktha (a hymn of praise). The vital force is the Uktha, for it raises this universe. From him who knows as above rises a son who is a knower of the vital force, and he achieves union with and abode in the same world as the Uktha.
The Uktha—is another meditation. The Uktha is a hymn of praise. It is the principal feature of the Mahāvrata sacrifice (Somayāga). What is that Uktha? The vital force is the Uktha. The vital force is chief among the organs, as the Uktha is among hymns of praise. Hence one should meditate upon the vital force as the Uktha. How is the vital force the Uktha? This is being explained: For it raises this universe; because of this raising it is called the Uktha. No lifeless man ever rises. The result of the meditation on it is being stated: From him who knows as above rises a son who is a knower of the vital force—this is the visible result; and he achieves union with and abode in the same world as the Uktha—this is the invisible result.