The Upanishads [NOOK Book]

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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. Widely featured in philosophy courses, the Upanishads have puzzled and inspired wisdom seekers fr
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Overview

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. Widely featured in philosophy courses, the Upanishads have puzzled and inspired wisdom seekers fr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586380250
  • Publisher: Nilgiri Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 218,899
  • File size: 445 KB

Meet the Author

Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) brings to this volume a rare combination of credentials. Trained from a young age in one of the purest Sanskrit traditions in India, he had a deep intuitive knowledge of his own Hindu legacy. He also had a great love of Western literature and was chairman of the English department at a major Indian university when he came to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1959.

From the 1960s onwards, Easwaran held classes on mysticism and practical spirituality for a primarily American audience. A gifted teacher, he was able to anticipate the problems that Western readers may have with the concepts underlying the classics of Indian spirituality, and to explain them in fresh and profoundly simple ways.

In 1961 Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in California, and in 1967, at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught the first academic course on meditation ever offered for credit at a major American university. He continued to teach passage meditation and his Eight Point Program for spiritual living to an American and international audience for almost forty years. His twenty-seven books on meditation and the classics of world mysticism have been translated into twenty-six languages.

Easwaran drew on the Upanishads and the other Classics of Indian Spirituality throughout his life for deep inspiration. As Huston Smith writes, “it is impossible to get to the heart of those Classics unless you live them, and he did live them.”

Through the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and its publishing arm, Nilgiri Press, Easwaran continues to reach an ever-growing audience around the world through publications and retreats.

Chapter introductions, notes, and the essay "Reading the Upanishads" are by Michael N. Nagler, PhD, who is professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded and still teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. Prof. Nagler is the author of several books, including most recently Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence.
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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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