The Upanishads

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Among the oldest of India’s spiritual texts, the Upanishads are records of intensive question-and-answer sessions given by illumined sages to their students – in ashrams, at family gatherings, in a royal court, and in the kingdom of Death. The sages share flashes of insight, extraordinary visions, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself.

The Upanishads have puzzled and inspired wisdom seekers from Yeats to Schopenhauer. In this best-selling translation, ...

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Among the oldest of India’s spiritual texts, the Upanishads are records of intensive question-and-answer sessions given by illumined sages to their students – in ashrams, at family gatherings, in a royal court, and in the kingdom of Death. The sages share flashes of insight, extraordinary visions, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself.

The Upanishads have puzzled and inspired wisdom seekers from Yeats to Schopenhauer. In this best-selling translation, Eknath Easwaran makes these challenging texts more accessible by selecting the passages most relevant to readers seeking timeless truths today. This book includes an overview of the cultural and historical setting, with chapter introductions, notes, and a Sanskrit glossary. But it is Easwaran’s understanding of the wisdom of the Upanishads that makes this edition truly outstanding.

Each sage, each Upanishad, appeals in a different way to the reader’s head and heart. For Easwaran, the Upanishads are part of India’s precious legacy, not just to Hinduism but to humanity, and in that spirit they are offered here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586380212
  • Publisher: Nilgiri Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Classic of Indian Spirituality Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 138,214
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     7
Introduction     13
Isha: The Inner Ruler     51
Katha: Death as Teacher     61
Brihadaranyaka: The Forest of Wisdom     93
Chandogya: Sacred Song     119
Shvetashvatara: The Faces of God     153
Mundaka: Modes of Knowing     179
Mandukya: Consciousness & Its Phases     197
Kena: Who Moves the World?     207
Prashna: The Breath of Life     219
Taittiriya: Ascent to Joy     239
Aitareya: The Unity of Life     263
Minor Upanishads: Beads of Wisdom
Tejobindu     283
Atma     286
Amritabindu     288
Paramahamsa     291
Afterword: A Religion for Modern Times   Michael N. Nagler     295
Glossary     337
Notes     345
Index     377
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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Ancient wisdom, superb translation.

    The wisdom of the Upanishads is timeless. The Vedic philosophy that came from centuries of meditation and education in the forest schools of ancient India forms the substrate of our current religions and philosophical traditions. Eknath Easwaran excels at translating and explaining this deep well of knowledge in such a way that any person who is interested in philosophy and spirituality can easily understand it and access its deeper meaning. This is the book that started it all, and it is well worth reading.

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