The Upanishads

The Upanishads


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140441635
  • 144 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The Upanishads, the earliest of which were composed in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 bce by sages and poets, form part of the Vedas – the sacred and ancient scriptures that are the basis of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad, or lesson, takes up a theme ranging from the attainment of spiritual bliss to karma and rebirth, and collectively they are meditations on life, death and immortality. The essence of their teachings is that truth can by reached by faith rather than by thought, and that the spirit of God is within each of us – we need not fear death as we carry within us the promise of eternal life.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Sanskrit Pronunciation
Abbreviations
Introduction
Bibliography
About the Translation
Gayatri Mantra
Isavasya or Isa Upanisad: "Pervaded by the Lord"
Brhadaranyaka Upanisad: The Great Forest Teaching
Chandogya Upanisad: The Chanters’ Teaching
Taittiriya Upanisad: The Taittiriyas’ Teaching
Aitareya Upanisad: Aitareya’s Teaching
Kausitaki Upanisad: Kausitaki’s Teaching
Kena Upanisad: "By Whom?"
Katha Upanisad: The Kathas’ Teaching
Svetasvatara Upanisad: Svetasvatara’s Teaching
Mundaka Upanisad: The Renouncers’ Teaching
Prasna Upanisad: The Teaching in Questions
Mandukya Upanisad: The Mandukas’ Teaching
Maitri Upanisad: Maitri’s Teaching
Notes
Glossary
Index
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