The Upanishads

The Upanishads


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

Overview

An “Upanisad” is a teaching session with a guru, and the thirteen texts of the “Principal Upanisads”—which comprise this volume—form a series of philosophical discourses between teacher and student that question the inner meaning of the world. Composed beginning around the eighth century BCE, the Upanisads have been central to the development of Hinduism, exploring its central doctrines: rebirth, karma, overcoming death, and achieving detachment, equilibrium, and spiritual bliss. Speaking to the reader in direct, unadorned prose or lucid verse, the Upanisads collected here embody humanity’s perennial search for truth and knowledge. Valerie Roebuck’s powerful new translation blends accuracy with readability and retains the oral style of these stirring and profound philosophical explorations.

  • Key text for students of Hinduism, Eastern Religion, and religious thought
  • Includes introduction, information on Sanskrit pronunciation, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and glossary

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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