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The Principal Upanishads (Sacred Text Series) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2007

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905857047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905857043
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Jacobs was born in 1929 in London. From an early age, he has been interested in religion and mysticism. He commenced a personal search for truth, and studied comparative religion. He then entered the Gurdjieff Society in 1957 and remained there until the early seventies. He then met Jiddu Krishnamurti, and studied his teachings until 1979.

Next, he discovered Ramana Maharshi and became familiar with his extensive literature and spiritual practice. He is currently President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK.

Alan's first book was 'Dutch And Flemish 17th C Painters: A Collectors Guide for McGraw Hill'. He then compiled an anthology, 'Poetry For The Spirit', published by Watkins Publishing and Barnes & Noble.

As a poet he has versified for O Books 'The Bhagavad Gita', 'The Principal Upanishads' and 'The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius', as well as compiling a major prose anthology, 'The Ocean Of Wisdom'. For Watkins Publishing, he edited 'Ramana, Shankara and the Forty Verses', versified 'The Essential Gnostic Gospels' and compiled an anthology, 'The Wisdom of Ramesh Balsekar'.

XLibris have published a volume of his own poetry, 'Myrobalan of The Magi', and a history of London from a spiritual perspective, 'Mysterious London'. He has recently completed an anthology, 'The Wisdom of the Native American Indians', 'Plato's Republic: An Abridgemnent and Modernisation' and 'When Jesus Lived In India', all for Watkins Publishing.

His latest book, published by O Books, is a Utopian novella exploring up-to-now undiscovered land of the legendry Emperor Prestor John, found in Ethiopia, founded on Gnostic principles: 'Eutopia: The Gnostic Land of Prestor John' describes their direct path to Self-realization.

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Alan Jacobs Chair of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation (UK). He is editor of Poetry of the Spirit, Reflections: An Anthology of Contemporary Mystical Verse, and his poetry is regularly published. He lives in London. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Saunders on 18 Aug. 2009
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The translator seems to shy away from a literal translation in favour of saying the 'meaning' of certain passages, which in the context of a religious book can obviously cause problems. A much better system would have been a literal translation combined with a commentary, as Swami Vivekananda did in his translations of the Yoga Sutras, from the same publisher. This way a reader can differentiate between what the translator is saying and what the Upanishads are saying.

Read this book if you enjoy attempting to read through the translation, if you enjoy taking what is spoon fed to you, or if you happen to have the exact same viewpoint as the translator (what that is is uncertain, he just describes himself as a 'meditator').
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There are so many books available on translation of Upanishads; One of the best being that published by Ramakrishna Mutt, Mylapore, Madras by swami Ranganadhananda. However, if we need a quick reference with a fairly good translation without the orginal sanskrit text which makes it cumbersome to handle, and which is handy in the form of a pocket book there are very few available in the market. This one satisfies the needs of those who want to quickly refer to some passages in Upanishads; I find it very useful as a reference book.
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By Miss. A. Slater on 12 May 2015
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love it
use this as a text book for yoga teacher training

an essential to a yogis library
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