Now, we move to question number six, the sixth prasna in the Prasnopanishad. Who asks this?
Atha Hainam Sukesa Bharadvajah Papraccha
The inquirer here is Sukesa, son of Bharadvajah. What does he ask Sage Pippalada?
“Honourable Sir, Hiranyanabhah–the one with the golden navel–a prince of the Kosala kingdom approached me and asked this question: “Bharadvajah, do you know the person with sixteen parts?”
I replied to the prince thus: “I know him not! If I had known him, why should I not tell you about it? Verily to his roots he withers, who speaks untruth! Therefore, it is not proper for me to speak untruth.
In silence, Hiranyanabhah mounted his chariot and departed.”
I ask you about him. Who is that person, the Purusha with sixteen parts?
Watch this! The son of the great Rishi Bharadvaja, Sukesa says that when he was asked by Hiranyanabhah, a prince of the Kosala kingdom, to describe who the person with sixteen parts was, Sukesa answered truthfully that he didn’t know about it, and that he wasn’t lying to him because it was a secret.
He who speaks an untruth withers to his roots. Remember this!