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1. Upanishads (Penguin Classics)
by Juan Mascaro
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The poetic backbone of Hinduism, the millennia-old Upanishads transcend time. The selections offered here illuminate a path that is as "narrow as the edge of a razor" but pregnant with freedom and bliss. Through vivid metaphors and timeless prose, learn how the path of yoga leads beyond the treacherous web of karma to the final, blissful union of the personal soul, atman, with the universal soul, Brahman. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 44 Page Introduction Alone Worth the Cost
For those seeking the eternal, this book's introduction is comfortable and familiar. It is filled with threads of ancient wisdom and clearly tries to tie together the universal element's of the "razor's edge". I recommend the introduction alone to anyone searching for answers to the eternal questions. I am writing this because my Mom inspired (and still inspires) me to do my best and read good books. There is great truth and solace in the words of Saint Teresa: "No sisters, no;our Lord expects works of us". With the foundation most seeking out these texts already posess, I believe this translation of the Upanishads will always bring courage and contentment. I take this one book with me whenever I feel doubtful or uninspired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life altering philosophies that you already knew, awakened.
Nice to know that some things that you have, or may have, experienced, have been around for over 2,500 years. This mind expanding translation can help one to regain focus and balance in today's much too hectic living. Putting the trivial in perspective, this is one that is not only useful in everyday life, but will stick with you forever; and then some . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
This is undoubtedly one of the pearls of the world's religious literature. Only a few Upanisads are included, with mere excerpts from the longer ones, but it is still well worth anyone's time. Personal union with all of being is the central theme, which will come as a welcome change from the more presriptory religious teachings of the Vedas and Hebrew Bible.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful translation of India's great scripture.
The Upanishads, translated by Juan Mascaro, is a beautiful translation, which, like Mascaro's translation of The Bhagavid Gita, breathes simplicity and purity throughout. The Upanishads are maxims on the spiritual life, and are poetry, scripture, guidance all in one. "The truth is hidden by a circle of gold. Unveil the truth, oh God of light, that I might see!" "It is not for the love of the husband that the husband is dear, but for the soul that is in the husband." "Behold, all that lives and walks on earth. Leaving the transient, take refuge in the eternal, set not your heart on another's possession. Working thus, a man can wish for a life of one hundred years. Only actions done in God, bind not the heart of man." (I paraphrase). This collection is truly wonderful, and should be a part of everyone's spiritual library, along with the major scriptures of all the world's faiths.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deep inside your soul
A book to comeback. A way you can retrace, a fountain from your dreams. Wise, inquisitive, human. ... Read more


2. The Upanishads
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Formerly a professor of Victorian literature, Eknath Easwaran discovered the treasures of wisdom in his own native India and began to pursue them with a passion. He has since studied them, practiced them, and moved to America to share them with the Western world. In his translation of The Upanishads, the font of Indian spirituality, Easwaran delights us with a readable rendition of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivations of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union. Easwaran recruited Michael Nagler to contribute notes to the translation and a lengthy afterword, which together with introductions to each Upanishad, guide us expertly through this strange and fruitful landscape. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth
Words fail me in my attempt to describe the book, perhaps it is best I describe the emotions I experienced, as I read this book.

The book captured my breath and concentration and I was unable to think of anything else till I finished the book. I took quite some time over a few days to finish it, simply because each page makes you think. There are books that hit you hard with the force of their ideas, and then there is this book... which gently caresses your mind as a wave would caress the shore, as our eyelashes caress our cheek when we blink. The book and its delivery is so gentle and calm, that my mind was immediately transported into the vivid imagery that EE creates, of a guru in a remote hut and his simple lifestyle and his disciples. EE strikes a chord when he points out the massive gamble that these disciples take, in deciding to pursue nothing but the Truth and sacrifice all else in its path. His writing gentle and kind, and one feels like a young boy in front of an affectionate father, the father doesnt seem to teach, but just seems to speak calmly, and one feels like listening.
EE brings out the Upanishads for what they really are, an incredible advancement into the inquiry of Truth, using the principles of concentration and meditation, and the medium of story telling to pass down the wisdom of the ancients. I could not resist my tears as I read with joy of the tales of Yajnavalka, nor could I feel but astonished at the clarity of thought and the level of the discussion between Yama and Nachiketa.

I could go on, but there is little to say except that one should read this book. For those in search of additional readings, there is a book called "The Vedas", which is an english collection of the discourses of the Head of the Kancheepuram Shankaracharya school. It's a tough read, to be read with pencil and paper, and perhaps committing to memory some of the terms... but it is the Definitive primer into the Vedas and India's true heritage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Is it true?
The Upanishads are a remarkable collection of mystical literature that represent a turning point in Indian thought. Eswaran tranlates the most famous of them into strikingly simple and resonant language. "Freed from sin, as a snake sheds its sin, They see the Supreme Lord, who lives in all." "As the sun, who is the eye of the world, Cannot be tainted by the defects in our eyes. . . So the one self, dwelling in all, cannot be tainted by the evils of the world." "The tree of Eternity has its roots above and its branches on earth below. Its pure root is Brahman the immortal From whom all the worlds draw their life. . . "

Each of the main Upanishads is given a short and helpful introduction, then followed by a few pages of notes. The text as a whole is again bracketed by eloquent essays by Easwaran and Michael Nagler, who make helpful comparisons to Augustine, Pascal, Gandhi, the Rig Veda, the Gita, and Einstein, building bridges to readers of various traditions and interests. All in all, Easwaran has gone the extra mile to help his readers comprehends the message of the Upanishads, as he understands it.

It may be that clarity is sometimes achieved at the cost of strict accuracy. Eswaran admits "simplifying" the text in certain ways -- cutting what he thinks repetitive, using "Lord of Love" dozens of times to translate a term that in a note toward the end he admits means "God-self-energy." I lost a little confidence in the translation after reading that. Also, he translates "atman" as "Self," a term some people seem to think is not quite right. So while I enjoyed this version, I plan to compare it to others for scholarly purposes.

Nagler made a few comments both on the Upanishads and on Christianity that made me question his clarity of vision a bit. His claim that, aside from Augustine, "the shapers of early Christianity" believed there was "no high task of self-sacrifice left for people to perform," seemed an odd thing to say of a religion whose primary texts are full of advice like, "Take up your cross and follow me," and "Make your life a living sacrifice," and whose early followers have been blamed for being too eager for martyrdom.

Given the fact that some experience the "I am that" state yet reject it as an illusion, should we believe what the mystics experienced as true? What social, psychological, and moral affect did the "inward turn" that this text represents have on Indian society? One feels a bit crass or, well, unenlightened, to pose doubtful such questions in the face of such beautiful poetry. But I think they are also worth posing. Anyone who would like to consider these questions from the point of view of a knowledgable and fair-minded Christian, read The Crown of Hinduism, by F. N. Farquhar, or the more critical (and passionate) books by Indian social reformer, Vishal Mangalwadi, such as Truth and Social Justice or The World of Gurus.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easwaran translates another Hinduist classic
After reading the Dhammapada translation from the same author, it was not a surprise to find a similar high-quality translation of the Upanishads - the philosophical part in the Vedas of Hinduist religion. Some points to highlight in Easwaran's work: Poetic but precise wording, great introduction and commentaries, easy-to-read without creating a scholar-only work, impeccable introduction to the Historical context of the work and it's importance in Hinduism.

Mr Easwaran's work convinced me to buy all Three books that form a Trilogy: The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita. Without a doubt, especially considering the price, this Trilogy is a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easwaran translates another Hinhuist classic
After reading the Dhammapada translation from the same author, it was not a surprise to find a similar high-quality translation of the Upanishads - the philosophical part in the Vedas of Hinduist religion. Some points to highlight in Easwaran's work: Poetic but precise wording, great introduction and commentaries, easy-to-read without creating a scholar-only work, impeccable introduction to the Historical context of the work and it's importance in Hinduism.

Mr Easwaran's work convinced me to buy all Three books that form a Trilogy: The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita. Without a doubt, especially considering the price, this Trilogy is a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are searching for peace and answers, you have arrived
I discovered this book quite by accident and it has changed my life. I have it by my bedside and read it every night, and hope to someday read every book by Easwaran and incorporate the teachings from this one into my life. I no longer jump off the wall every time things go wrong and can smile at things that made me NUTS before this! Now, I know better. I recommend this to anybody who has made it this far in their search. If there is one book on Hinduism you read, make this the one. I have grown up reading the Bhagwad Gita and I think this by far supercedes that in giving direction and answers in a way that we can still manage in year 2000. ... Read more


3. Jnana Yoga
by Swami Vivekananda
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By Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, the Path of Knowledge, describes the essence of Vedanta philosophy - the wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita in a modern scientific manner. Jnana-Yoga, along with Swami Vivekananda's Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, and Raja-Yoga, are considered classics and outstanding treatises on Hindu philosophy.The Swami's deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, and broad human sympathy, shine forth in these works and offer inspiration to all spiritual seekers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Vivekananda's best lectures...
Though Jnana yoga is presumably the favorite subject of Vivekananda, he himself is supposed to have quoted that his bhakti is covered by a cloak of jnana, while his guru's (Sri Ramakrishna) jnana is covered by a cloak of bhakti. Whatever he may have learnt from Ramakrishna, who spoke in parables, Vivekananda transforms them into powerful words with striking sentences to give a sublime meaning. He is at his best while expounding the Vedanta philosophy.

His examples simplify the understanding of such a complex and profound philosophy. The way he coins the words and grammar in his lectures is unbelievable. His logic is almost always unarguable. One of the best lectures is "The Real and Apparent Man" where he lays a solid foundation of the nature of man, the support of which comes in later lectures on Maya and Cosmos . The exposition of Katha upanishad is beautiful and one does not get that picture and depth of understanding while reading the original upanishad. The final lectures delivered in Pasadena, California appeals to the unity of religions and friendship with science - a subject which is probably never more important than now.

No wonder during his lectures in America, he was the last to deliver, as the audience would wait patiently to listen to him.

5-0 out of 5 stars are you ready for the REAL thing?
swami vivekananda is/was one of the giant intellects of all time. a direct disciple of the great 19th century indian god-man, sri ramakrishna, vivekananda learned his lessons well at an early age and built upon it to the point of sometimes surpassing his master. especially in the sense of providing a bridge from the worlds oldest extant religious traditions to plain spoken accessability for the spiritual seeker of our own time. jnana yoga is the approach of experiencing oneness with God using the path of knowledge/philosophy/contemplation. this book is among the very best in laying out the methods and ideas the aspirant can use for his own search [ thru the path of knowledge ] of direct experience of God, i.e. being-conciousness-bliss absolute. the book carefully and clearly leads us thru our most primitive lowest levels of humanity up the ladder of understanding spiritually we are truly One with the highest of all realities. that indeed, "thou art that". the good swami's writings on all the yoga paths are among the best the world has yet seen. this particular volume is a must read for the student practitioner of jnani yoga. if i could spend an hour having a cup of tea with any person who ever lived, swami vivekananda might well be the one i would choose. not only for his giant intellect but his purity and holiness and breadth of understanding man's need for transcendence and the ways of actually doing so. this is a great book and not to be missed by he who would be, "the spiritual philosopher king".

5-0 out of 5 stars Marriage between religion and science
This book if anyone was to read it is amazing and I find it difficult to find words of praise that could do it justice. Therefore the best thing would be to read it. Some one said that this 'does not appeal to the modern mind' This is certainly proof that the person has not read the book or read it with closed eyes, what a pity! Vivekananda blends ancient hindu texts, into modern thought and also weaves into his work modern scintific thought into the ever so ancient wisdom of India. Whosoever reads this book is bound to become transformed, trasfigured and awakened to higher truths in this universe. This rare crest-jewel of a book has come from a great soul, and I feel blessed and thrilled to have come accross this precious gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of Philosophy
A beautiful book elucidating the crux of Vedanta, one of the oldest philosophies of the world. Jnana Yoga is the method of 'realizing' religion or God through knowledge and discussion. The other methods are Karma(work), Bhakti(devotion) and Raja(mind) and everybody should select a method according to his/her interests/capabilities. Jnana Yoga presents an extremely logical and intellectually satisfying view of God and religion. Vivekanand has been quite impressive, his style very 'scientific' and language : simple and superb. Must read for people with an inquisitional bent of mind. I especially recommend the chapter called "Atma".

4-0 out of 5 stars Contains many intersting points
Lectures of Vivekananda. Jnana yoga was his main field and he presents many insights and interesting thoughts about it. For anyone on the spiritual path, this will be interesting reading. But it's from a hundred years back, so it may not necessearly appeal to the modern mind. ... Read more


4. The Upanishads, Vol. I-IV (4 Volume Set)
by Swami Nikhilananda
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Translation of the 11 major Upanishads with notes, detailed introductions and explanations based on interpretations of 8th century philosopher and mystic, Sankaracharya. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Athoritative Translation
To have a work of this philosophic profoundness translated by someone who was himself steeped in the very same tradition as the work that he is translating is a privelege.
Swami Nikhilananda was a genuine Hindu holy man who was also a scholar and he brings to this translation rare insights that can only be found from the actual experience of what he is writing of.
Be careful of premature comparisons between the Upanishads and the teachings of Buddhism: While there are similarities between both traditions, they are each distinct and have their own value and integrity as religious systems and both make a decided contribution to the wisdom of the religions of the east.

5-0 out of 5 stars Volume IV : where the Buddhists Teachings come from...
This volume contains most of the stories told in the Buddhist Teachings. Many examples seen in this volume can also be found in the Teachings of the Buddha Gotama. Brahman is explained through symbols like the "elements" (air, fire,...), objects for meditation, short stories that also appear in the Buddhist literature. However, these examples and stories are explained in a rather crude manner in this volume, compared to what can be found in the Buddhist Teachings. The advantage being that they are presented in a condensed manner here, with the most profound ones in this single volume...

So if your purpose is to try to understand this volume just by itself, there are chances you'll get struck by the depth of its meaning. So please first get into some other medium to advanced books in Hinduism and Buddhism before trying to absorb this volume, because the other previous three volumes are not enough to get across this one...but the essence is there, Gotama relied on the content of this volume for his Teachings, no doubt.

When you'll be done with the four volumes, you'll understand where the Buddhist Teachings come from...these Upanishads constitute the essence of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies.

Unfortunately, they are probably the most cryptic texts that deal with the Ultimate, the style is so crude that one should not read them nor teach them to people that have not spent many years at studying the basics of the Indo-aryan philosophy (be it Hinduism, Buddhism,...) and are not prepared to approach the Absolute. Find a qualified teacher before reading them, unless you could be mislead and loose more time than if you had learned the basics before. So unless you know what you'll find in there, don't read them. If you feel prepared to it, get into it. If the Vedanta considered them as the secret teachings, it's not for the sake of hiding them, but rather because their use should be restricted to the most advanced scholars. There is no discrimination in this, only a will to prevent misunderstanding and misinterpreting of this difficult topic, nothing else. If you don't trust me, get into it and you'll understand very soon what i'm talking about. It's useless to begin learning a subject with the most advanced textbooks, except making you disgusted of it, so please don't try to catch the Ultimate directly with the Upanishads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Volume III : "Rituals and sacrifices"
This third volume deals with the relative truth provided by rituals and sacrifices, which objective is to bring conscience about their "unefficiency" at an absolute point of view for bringing knowledge of "Brahman" (the ultimate reality). These rituals and sacrifices are means for realizing it through superimposition, i.e. adding some false semantics over what is to be understood and then invalidating it by showing its inconsistency with what is to be understood. One should hence meditate on them to better dwelve into the difference between the relative and the absolute.

This volume is less abstract than the previous two volumes so people that prefer metaphors and more practical stories will be more at ease with this volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars Volume II : the Ultimate Reality
After a more or less introductory volume (volume I), this second volume goes straight into the subject of the Ultimate Reality (or "Atman", "Brahman", "emptiness of phenomena" for buddhists). While i consider the first volume not to be an easy read, this volume goes beyond any such treatment of the "Absolute" i've seen so far. Beware of the various contentions and objections between the dualists and non-dualists schools that are mentionned in the text, because it could easily mislead the reader about the point to be explained. If you feel unsufficiently prepared for that when reading the introduction of this volume on Hindu ethics (if you feel you mix the different views) then it would be better to stop and go to another more general book (Hindu, Buddhist, Vedanta...) to better feel the different approaches for the "Absolute".

Anyway, this is the deepest treatment of the "Absolute" at a conceptual point of view. This is not without problems because dealing with the "Absolute" in a purely conceptual manner seems contradictory at first (concepts are dual by nature so they cannot help directly explain the infinite), but in fact the treatment is so exhaustive that it happens to be possible, at least if the reader can grasp the meaning of the text (a thorough understanding is required).

5-0 out of 5 stars Volume I : Cryptic..but deep.
This book provides an excellent treatment of what the vedantas call "Brahman". This latter term indeed represents the concept of "emptiness" or "Self" in the buddhist literature. This first volume of a series of four presents the general philosophy of the Upanishads by explaining the terms used throughout the four volumes of the series. The meaning of the text is by no means easy to grasp and the intent is not there. For getting into the depth of the text one should really have some knowledge of the historical context of India at that time and be able to make the difference between what is written and what is meant.
A historical book about Hindu history and philosophy is a prerequisite...but this work deserves the time spent on it...
Don't be discouraged by its cryptic style...the subject is deep... ... Read more


5. Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita: The Three Branches of India's Life-Tree
by Sri Chinmoy
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This book brings toge ther in one volume Sri Chinmoy's commentaries on the Vedas the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita three ancient Indian scriptures which are the foundations of Hindu spiritual tradition. His approach is clear and practical and at the same time profound and richly poetic. In a style unmistakably his own Sri Chinmoy makes direct and personal contact with the reader who joins him on a journey through the wisdom of these celebrated classics. This book is both an excellent introduction for readers who are coming to the subject for the first time and a series of illumining meditations for those who already know it well. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Commentary and Spiritual Revelations
Enlightening commentary on all 3 ancient Indian scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita) in one book. Sri Chinmoy transcends mere commentary by providing us with spiritual illumination on the inner meaning of these important works. Sri Chinmoy is a fully realised spiritual master (who conducts meditation for the United Nations), and his very words provide us with direct spiritual inspiration/enlightenment.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book of social and religious meanings.
The story and meaning of the Sacred Tree is related well in this book. The social and religious meanings, as well as symbols, are expounded on. This is a good book for grades 10, 11, & 12. ... Read more


6. The Upanishads
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The Upanishads are the oldest and clearest expression of the perennial philosophy that is the inner core of all the great religions. Passed down by word of mouth for five thousand years, they teach of an absolute and unified field of intelligence that underlies and permeates all creation. This divine ground is our own nature, and to bring our lives into conscious harmony with it is the ultimate purpose of human existence.

This lucid translation captures both the poetry and the precision of the original, rendering accessible an extraordinary body of spiritual wisdom as never before. Speaking from the depth of the everlasting NOW, the Upanishads make the mind soar and the heart sing, and point the soul to freedom.
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7. Dialogue With Death: A Journey Through Consciousness
by Eknath Easwaran
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The most profound questions of life and death are taken up in acommentary on the Katha Upanishad, in which a daring teenager,Nachiketa, seeks out the King of Death for his teacher. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Guide for living
I've read this book three times and am planning to read it again. It's a wonderful book that helps me focus on what's important in life and how I can make choices to live authentically and deliberately. Reading this book helped me to make the decision to quit smoking and live a more healthy lifestyle. I would recommend this book to anyone who's asking the question "What's it all about?".

5-0 out of 5 stars Learning death to live life more fully
Late Mr. Eknath Eswaran,adherent of spirituality from childhood, has wonderfully written about the a teenager's curiosity about life after death. The book gives numerous examples from modern day life. Drawing from his expertise in the English language literature, the author makes the subject very familiar to the present day readers. He has quoted from Shakespeare to Aldous Huxley and Mahatma Gandhi and shown the thought concesus common to all great philosophers. Though the contents originate from one of the most ancient of the Hindu scriptures, every contemporary human being will identify with the life's problems of the modern times given in the book and will be helped plenty in finding many solutions.There seems to be a little more stress given on the self sacrifice than other modalities of spirituality like sense control, breath control and meditation but overall the book is very readable, language beautiful and when I read it I regretted the book was over.

5-0 out of 5 stars Profound
One of the best books on Hinduism I have ever read. The book is about the conversations between a teenager, Nichiketa, and Yama - the God of Death : how Yama tempts the teenager with all the wordly riches just to test his sincerity and after being satisfied, unfolds the mystery of life and death to him.

5-0 out of 5 stars To live life to the fullest you must understand death
Great book, this makes the Upanishad really pertinent to day to day livin ... Read more


8. The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal
by Swami Prabhavananda, Frederick Manchester
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One of the two most important texts of the Hindu religion, The Upanishads are ancient accounts of mystical revelations and remain the primary source of spiritual guidance for millions of believers today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not All Translations the Same
Years ago I picked up a translation of the Upanishads because I wanted to understand Vedanta. I read that translation and struggled through it. It wasn't particularly interesting and was often confusing. The commentaries were long, painful and boring. I felt disappointed. I thought the Upanishads and the Great Vedanta would be more powerful than this. I pursued other teachings.

A few months ago I saw this little book and picked it up out of curiosity for some reason. I don't know why. I already had another copy of the Upanishads and didn't really care for it. But this little book hit me with much greater force. It was so significant. Yes the self, of course, yes..the self is one...The reading was so clear and powerful. I bought it immediately, brought it home, and compared it with the other translation. It's the translation that was the difference. It wasn't that I had suddenly matured and was now ready to hear this teaching because the other translation is still confusing to me. Not all translations are the same. What had been confusing to understand before, now became clear. Even if you don't agree with me that this translation is a good one, seek out various translations of the Upanishads and see which one is the clearest for you. Now, I truly believe the Upanishads are one of the most significant teachings this "World" has ever known. This translation has no commentary. It is so clear you don't need a commentary. It's also cheap and handy. With sacred texts from the past it pays to check out various translations and even formats for ease of reading and understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shines like a beacon in a distant shore
A long, long time ago I lost this book, an older edition, during a trip. Its content shines like a beacon in a distant shore. I really missed it. No other one is so well written like this pocket. But now it's back and I've found it right here. At Amazon, of course!!
I've bought mine in a hurry, because this book is unforgettable.

4-0 out of 5 stars To know God is to know the Self
The term Upanishad has been translated in many ways, "sitting near devotedly", "secret teachings", and the more elaborate, "knowledge of God." It is the knowledge of God that truly captures the essence of the Upanishads.

The 7th century scholar, Shankara, describes the Upanishads as "the knowledge of Brahman, the knowledge that destroys the bond of ignorance and leads to the supreme goal of freedom." Each Upanishad illustrates the path towards discovering this inner knowledge, thus achieving escape from samsara, or this world of suffering.

This translation contains the twelve standard Upanishads, including one of the most famous, the Brihad-aranyaka, which is the oldest and largest of these ancient scriptures.
This work embodies the mystical and esoteric aspects of ancient Hindu philosophy, and serves as an interesting and enlightening guide to knowledge of Self.

5-0 out of 5 stars The essense of the twelve principle Upanihads
I am so glad to see this classic translation back in print. If you have ever been intimidated by the multi-volume scholarly translations of the Upanishads, then this book is for you. I still marvel at how Prabhavananda and Manchester managed to encapsulate so much of the core content and meaning of the twelve principle Upanishads in such a slim volume. Yet they did- and it works.

Of course if you truly understand these oldest of mystical scriptures then you could condense them down still further to:
Brahma is true, the world is false,
The soul is Brahma and nothing else.

Or if that is a bit wordy for you, then you can sum up the Upanishads, and all the Vedas, with: "Tat tvam asi" (Thou art that.)

Most people need to work up to the true understanding of these statements with a bit more commentary, however.... ... Read more


9. Katha Upanishad (Sacred Wisdom)
by Ambikananda Saraswati, Swami Ambikanada Saraswati
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Art lovers, spiritual seekers, and anyone entranced by The Perfection of Wisdom, Words of Paradise, and The Moon in the Pines will want to own The Katha Upanishad. One of India's most revered texts and part of the famous Hindu scriptures, the thousand-year-old Vedas, it tells the story of a young boy who compels the Lord of Death to reveal the secret of what happens after we die. There are, teaches The Katha Upanishad, two paths in life. One-that of the senses-leads to the world and all its pleasures. Butsince all material things must perish, it ends inevitably in death. The other path is "the way inward that leads to grace, "a spiritual journey toward immortality and joyous union with the universal Divine. This translation converts simply and practically the wisdom at the heart of the scripture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A dialogue with death
If you had three wishes, as did Nachiketas, what would you wish for? The story start when the father offers the son, Nachiketas as a sacrifice (reminscent of Abraham and Isaac). As a compensation of being made to wait for Yama, the God of Death, Nachiketas is granted 3 wishes.

This most popular of the Upanished's, is one of the Veda's surviving perhaps 3000 years. This is the gospel of "yajnas" (sacrifices), and the sacrificer offers obligations in the fire. Nachiketas wishes for understanding of the fire ritual. The book unfolds, as Yama, satisfying his third wish for special knowledge of death, lays out the paths of life "You can walk the way outward that leads to pleasure or the way inward that leads to grace." There is the common Indian image of the chariot, with the self-seating in the back "Think of the reins the driver is holding as the mind". Swami Ambikanananda states "This is not a translation for scholars", but provides a poetic translation for those seeking, for example:
" Remember always ~
Not with my speech,
Not with my eyes,
Nor even with my mind
Will that Self be reached.
It will declare itself to me
Only in my stillness."

The 15 Indian miniatures illustrations are only tangentially related to the story, but are striking. For example there is a drawing of a sacred fire ritual prominent in the story, but there is also a drawing of Krishna, not at all in the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully translated
I was visiting a used bookstore with a friend when this book caught my attention. I immediately purchased it and read it. Its a small book - 61 pages total, interlaced with beautiful Indian miniature paintings. The author clarifies all uncertain/difficult translations in the introduction - for example "buddhi" is translated throughout as intellect.

In the past, I have read translations of old Indian text in which some authors give a detailed account of their own interpretations on the subject. I usually don't like this "lecturing" and find it more appealing if the text is just translated so that the reader is open to his/her own interprtations.

Finally, the story of young Nachiketas may or may not be true. But we all can associate with it on some level or the other. Here are a few passages from the book:

"Like pure water being poured into pure water,
Who sees only the One
Becomes the One"

"There, in that Self,
The sun cannot shine,
Nor the moon or stars.
The light of lightning cannot reach it,
Much less a conflagration on Earth.
Yet by Its presence all these are lit
And light shines forth."

This book is all I expected it to be, and more. ... Read more


10. Heartbeat of the absolute: Discourses on the Ihsavasya Upanishad
by Osho
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ishavasya Upanishad - Osho's discourse on inner liberation
Osho, the controversial guru of the 80ies, provides an insightful and practical perspective on the liberation of the mind by using this ancient Hindu Upanishad. Along with his "Tantra, the Supreme Understanding" this work is a valuable introduction into eastern thinking without getting hung up on technical history or religious details. Above all, the book is practical and devotional in nature. Recommended to all who are tired of and burned out with traditional western religious systems. Osho is like a breath of fresh air. ... Read more


11. Yoga Chudamani Upanishad: Crown Jewel of Yoga
by Swami Satyadharma
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This book is a manual of higher sadhana fo advanced and initiated aspirants..It delineates the ancient path of kundalini awakening in it's original and pure form before the proliferation of modern yogic literature.The text elucidates a unique combination of kundalini yoga and vedantic upasana.It discusses the nadis,prana vayus,chakras and kundalini shakti,and also provides detailed descriptions of ajapa gayatri and pranava,which are older vedic and upanishidic meditative disciplines.

The text includes the original Sanskrit verses,along with transliteration,anvay,translation and a comprehensive commentary by the author under the guidance of Swami Niranjannada Saraswati.For students of Indian philosophy,it provides a valuable study of the compatibility of Yoga and Vedanta,or the tantric and vedic systems of philosophy and practice. ... Read more


12. All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads
by Kumuda Reddy, Thomas Egenes, Linda Egenes, Kumuda, Md. Reddy
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Recommendation
A friend recommended All Love Flows to the Self... Eternal Stories from the Upanishads. She and her teenage son were sharing some quality time reading one of the twelve stories every night, and they were enjoying both the story content and the feeling of settledness that resulted from reading uplifting, classic-style literature. The book jacket comments, "The timeless and universal wisdom expressed in these twelve stories reminds us of the natural flow of life towards its supreme goal." And a reviewer goes on to say, "The Upanishads are perhaps the greatest works of wisdom known to man." I was further enticed and purchased the book. Now, I read and reread a story and stop to savor a descriptive phrase, such as "...stars, scattered across the sky like a thousand sugar crystals." And I pause now and then and realize that these stories reflect some greater, spiritual truth in my own life. All Love Flows to the Self takes the reader to a deeper, refreshing level. I also appreciate the color photos that accompany the stories, the Sanskrit phrases, and the glossary that really make this book complete. ... Read more


13. The Ten Principal Upanishads
by William Butler Yeats, Swami Shree
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poetic rendition
Of the many thousands of books that essentially are one of a kind and out of print, few are more worthy of being reissued than this very beautiful rendition of the heart of the Upanishads. World class poet W. B. Yeats, working with Vedic scholar Sri Swami Purohit, retired to Majorca away from the war clouds gathering over Europe in the thirties with the intent of making "a translation that would read as though the original had been written in common English" (p. 8). Here's an exchange between the boy Nachiketas and Death from the Katha Upanishad that gives a sense of just how well Yeats and Purohit succeeded:

Nachiketas said: "Some say that when man dies he continues to exist, others that he does not. Explain, and that shall be my third gift."

Death said: "This question has been discussed by the gods, it is deep and difficult. Choose another gift, Nachiketas! Do not be hard. Do not compel me to explain."

It is from the Upanishads that the Bhagavad Gita finds its inspiration. One can see immediately in this short exchange the seed from which the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna grew. Indeed it is from the Upanishads that the central doctrines of Hinduism are derived, and the philosophy of yoga, and even that of Buddhism. As such the Upanishads, despite their repetition and extraneous material, constitute one of the great spiritual works of humankind. What Yeats and Purohit have done here, in contradistinction to other translations that I have read, is to make the work intelligible, accessible and a pleasure to read. To do this, it is true they have trimmed; and they have drifted in parts from a strictly literal translation, preferring instead to emphasize the spirit and the essence of the Upanishads. Consequently, for the scholar this is not the best translation. But for those who want the feel and the heart of the Upanishads without the ritualistic circumlocutions or much of the repetition, this is an idea translation. Through the poetic use of words, incorporating the magic of sound and rhythm in judicious repetition, Yeats and Purohit are able to preserve the oral formulaic expression of the Upanishads, and bring the sense of their power to the modern English speaker. This is an outstanding achievement. Here is the refrain that ends this beautiful translation:

"This is perfect. That is perfect. Perfect comes from perfect. Take perfect from perfect; the remainder is perfect. May peace and peace and peace be everywhere." ... Read more


14. The Principal Upanishads
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"His translation is faithful and economical and it is embedded in notes and explanations which clarify the meaning, wherever it might be ambiguous for a Western reader."--The Times (London) Literary Supplement. "The translation is both faithful and graceful, and the exposition is authentic, instructive, and attractive; they often shed new light on old concepts and bring out their significance in the perspective of modern Western thought."--S. J. Chatterjee, Philosophy East and West. This volume comprises the major Upanishads, regarded as the basis of the Vedanta philosophy and the outstanding contribution of Hindu thinkers to the philosophical thought of the world. A comprehensive glossary addresses the Sanskrit terms contained in this volume: prepared as a sort of Upanishadic dictionary, it provides a variety of meanings for each word, italicizing those especially pertinent to the Upanishadic texts. This abridged edition will be particularly useful for students in universities and theological seminaries where the Upanishads are studied in connection with comparative religion or world literature.
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15. The Upanishads, 1st US Edition
by Sri Aurobindo
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Lotus Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Upanishads is a collection of Sri Aurobindo's final translations of andcommemtaries on every Upanishad or other Vedantic text he worked on. Upanishadsare the ancient treatises on spiritual truths as envisioned by the seers, sagesand rishis of the civilization of India.Index. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Respectfully disagree
This review is limited to the translation only, and on that I must disagree with the other reviewers. The translation, as I understand it by Aurobindo himself, is nearly impenetrable. The syntax and grammar, sentence arrangement and choice of vocablulary are confusing and do not effectively convey the meaning of the text. This became sharply apparent when I read another translation and the profound beauty of the text came through. Try the Juan Mascaro version.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Translation In English
I have not come across any better translation better than this. Anyone interested in the Upanishads... look no further. This one is a polished version of an earlier edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Impressive Translation
The language is, the far, the clearest that I have come across compared to translations by other authors. Sri Aurobindo has also shown the Sanskrit text with his English translation---no author would do such a thing unless he/she is confident of doing a good work at the translation.

Strongly recommended and my gratitude to the author for his good work and effort. ... Read more


16. Wisdom of the Ancient Sages : Mundaka Upanishad
by Swami Rama
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Swami Rama shares the powerful and inspiring teachings of one of the world's greatest spiritual texts: the Mundaka Upanishad. This beautiful translation and commentary affirms human nature as peaceful, creative, and transcendent. Its message will assist anyone seeking to walk the path of personal and spiritual development. ... Read more


17. A Comparative History of World Philosophy: From the Upanishads to Kant
by Ben-Ami Scharfstein
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A Comparative History of World Philosophy presents a personal yet balanced guide through what the author argues to be the three great philosophical traditions: Chinese, European, and Indian. The book breaks through the cultural barriers between these traditions, proving that despite their considerable differences, fundamental resemblances exist in their abstract principles. Ben-Ami Scharfstein argues that Western students of philosophy will profit considerably if they study Indian and Chinese philosophy from the very beginning, along with their own.

Written with clarity and infused with an engaging narrative voice, this book is organized thematically, presenting in virtually every chapter characteristic views from each tradition that represent similar positions in the core areas of metaphysics and epistemology. At the same time, Scharfstein develops each tradition historically as the chapters unfold. He presents a great variety of philosophical positions fairly, avoiding the relativism and ethnocentrism that could easily plague a comparative presentation of Western and non-Western philosophies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book covers full range of world philosophy
This is a truly excellent work, and I want to defend it againstthe charge of leaving out African philosophy. One can truthfully say,without any disservice to the impressive achievements of African culture, that there is no distinctively African tradition in philosophy, just as there is no distinctively African tradition in chemistry. Philosophy is an art that developed in certain cultures and not others: the Chinese but not the Japanese; the Indians but not the Persians; the Greeks but not the Africans, the Romans, the Germans, or the Celts -- though those cultures that did not develop philosophy made other achievements in other areas. Even if the contention of _Black Athena_ were correct that "western civilization has its roots in Africa" (and that book has been pretty much discredited -- see _Black Athena Revisited_, though I think that book overstates its case in the opposite direction), it would not follow that Africans were responsible for philosophy any more than they were responsible for chemistry. The _Comparative History of World Philosophy_ focuses its attention where it belongs: on the three, and only three, cultures that developed philosophy. Every culture has world views, a wisdom tradition, etc., but philosophy is more than that; it is a specific art of argumentation that emerged in specific places in history. END

5-0 out of 5 stars An insightful and rich account, beautifully written
This is a truly remarkable presentation of an unusual perspective of the history of philosophy, one that most writers are so conveniently ignorant of. Scharfstein proceeds under the premise that the accepted Western paradigm of reading the history of philosophy within the boundaries of a single tradition can simply be replaced by a comparative tripartite paradigm with an equal claim for authenticity. The effect is strikingly similar to changing lenses in a camera, from zoom to wide-angle: some features are inevitably lost, but so much more can now be seen. Contrary to what we usually find in the bulk of contemporary works in the history of philosophy, Scharfstein is ultimately concerned with understanding the all-too-human activity of philosophizing. As he so beautifully puts it, the philosopher can-or perhaps, should-be seen as an artist, whose medium is abstract thought. Here the historian and the philosopher converge, but in a way very different from the cases of Hegel or Heidegger, for example. Scharfstein shows how to engage in the history of philosophy without being parasitic on philosophy, on the one hand, but also without being overly manipulative, on the other. The book hovers, so to speak, over its subject-matter, posing historical and philosophical questions, and then trying to answer them in the author's own voice, with a kind of mixture of sympathetic attention and mature intellectual detachedness that is commonly reserved only to the expert anthropologist. This is clearly one of the most remarkable characteristics, and perhaps one of the greatest achievements of this book. Scharfstein's discussion is expansive yet rich, clear-headed, insightful and fully aware of the historian's responsibility for accuracy while never losing sight of the philosopher's quest for truth or of the artist's quest for creation. It is also written in the kind of beautiful prose that has become so rare in contemporary scholarly writing. I strongly believe that many instructors would find this book very useful in intro classes in philosophy as well as in the humanities in general. The neat and elegant summaries that Scharfstein produced for each philosopher he discusses are inevitably incomplete and cannot replace-nor were they ever meant to replace-a careful reading of the philosophical texts. But to the best of my knowledge, none of the available historical texts can do that particular trick. Those of you who are willing to overcome the academically entrenched philosophical xenophobia, and to admit Chuang-tzu, Nagarjuna, and Vasubandhu, among others, in their classes alongside with stalwart texts of the European tradition, would find that Scharfstein's history enhances and enriches any reading of these texts with a rewardingly broad philosophical and cultural context that may prompt fruitful discussions of that great human adventure called philosophy.

2-0 out of 5 stars The text is good but not fully representative of world phi
A Comparative History of world philosophy is a tour de force in the presentation of world philosophy. The text goes beyond the usual depiction of Western philosophy as the main and only available philosophy in the world. However, A Comparative History of World Philosophy, in its attempt to overcome the marginalizing exposition of the West, erases or African philosophy from world philosophy. I do not want to raise the bete noire of philosophical discussion here, that is, the authenticity of African philosophy. If there is any philosophy at all, there must be African philosophy; and if there is a text on world philosophy, that text must contain a section on African Philosophy. As the author may very well know (see Black Athena), western civilization has its roots in Africa. I have made this remarks that the author may reconsider his exposition in the next edition of the text because he/she will actually help professors who want to teach world philosophy with a more global bent than the Eastern and Western. ... Read more


18. The Upanishads, Vol. 2
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Volume 2 of the definitive, scholarly English translation of one of the great religious and philosophical classics of the East. Included are the 12 classical upanishads: Chandogya, Kena, Aitareya, Kaushitaki, Isa, Katha, Mundaka, Taittiriyaka, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Maitriyana. Fully annotated with a 160-page introduction and analysis by Professor Muller, distinguished Indologist. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in mystical and existential thought. Also included is a penetrating discussion of the modern relevance of these ancient works.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Max Muller's Upanisads
Either if you are doing research on the area or are just looking for spiritual development, this is the book you should buy. Beautiful Upanisads from India, Himalayas of the soul as they have been called, are full of enchantment and inspiration for the one who reads them. Oneness of the soul with god, oneness of the people within them and with the earth, the creative power of sound, eternity of the soul and reencarnation are some of the themes touched by the Upanisads. I am a Hindu Philosophy student and among all of the translations made of the Upanisads, I have found these to be the best. Max Muller writes in a very comprehensive way things that regularly are rather complicated, without loosing a bit of the poetic and mystical content of the Upanisads. ... Read more


19. Zen and Zen Classics: General Introduction from the Upanishads to Huineng (Zen & Zen Classics)
by R.H. Blyth
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4-0 out of 5 stars Frederick Franck, editor of R. H.Blyth's Great Works
Franck's "Zen and Zen Classics" is his editing of the writings of R. H. Blyth on Ch'an/Zen, which are otherwise out of print. It is a great book, specially since it contains the only in-print works of Blyth,who Franck says is the indispensible interpreter of Zen for the westernmind, and that Blyth is the ever-open eye. This is a great book, and canlead to even greater ones by Blyt---if onlt they would print more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Frederick Franck, editor of R. H.Blyth's Great Works
Franck's "Zen and Zen Classics" is his editing of the writings of R. H. Blyth on Ch'an/Zen, which are otherwise out of print. It is a great book, specially since it contains the only in-print works of Blyth,who, Franck says, is the indispensible interpreter of Zen for the westernmind, and that Blyth is the ever-open eye. This is a great book, and canlead to even greater ones by Blyth---if onlt they would print more. ... Read more


20. Subtler than the Subtle: The Upanishad of the White Horse
by Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Veda
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SUBTLER THAN THE SUBTLE - Shvetashvatara Upanishad - is one of the sacred scriptures of the world, beautifully translated and paraphrased in this small volume by one of today's greatest Sanskrit scholars.Called "The Upanishad of the White Horse," it shares the wisdom of the yogic sages.Its subtle verses open life's deep secrets to those who wish to find divine realization and "become immortals." ... Read more


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