- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Nilgiri Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Aug. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586380214
- ISBN-13: 978-1586380212
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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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, practised them, and shared 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 on the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivation of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realises 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 recruits Michael Nagler to contribute notes to the translation and a lengthy afterword, which together with introductions to each Upanishad, guide us well through this strange and fruitful landscape. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Where other translations loose themselves in scholarly indicisiveness, this translation lends its clarity from the author's own experience with the subject matter - and that clarity also makes it beautiful.
I perused through the Upanishads books available and found I had already purchased this as a series. I then decided to also re-purchase this in the kindle edition. I do not know if it is his classical background or just skillful presentation; however Eknath Easwaran is perfect at showing you what is about to be presented and tying it back to the concrete or classical world. I now realize it was not that I just wanted to reread the Upanishads but to understand and dwell on them. Thank you Eknath Easwaran.
You might want to do what you are not supposed to do with mysteries and go to the back of the book first to view the Glossary firs for pronunciations and the descriptions of all the different players.
Be sure to read his other books.
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
The Dhammapada (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
Classics of Indian Spirituality
This presentation of the Upanishads--necessarily a selection, of course--by Eknath Easwaran is the best single volume that I have come across for the following reasons:
First, the translation by Easwaran is readable, edifying and congenial to the Sanskrit in so far as that is possible. The poetry in the original language and the word play are lost in translation as is always the case with poetry and highly symbolic language, and especially language that is meant to be taken on more than one level. However Easwaran's notes after each Upanishad help to give us an idea what the original is like and give the reader a feel for the some of the nuances.
Second, the chapter introductions and the concluding essay by Michael N. Nagler lend insight and clarity to the reader's understanding.
Third, the selections themselves and what is included in the selections are efficacious. By that I mean the ideas and the "feel" of the expression, the psychology, and the philosophy of the Upanishads and the larger Vedic tradition are made manifest.Read more ›
The work itself is effortlessly transcendent, and Easwaran leaves untranslated the concepts that are indescribable in a western tongue, allowing a more personal reading, and for the ideas to become clearer as one progress's through the text.
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A book you can read again and again and still learn something. Loved it. Highly recommended if like me you are searching for spiritual truths.Published 1 month ago by Ann Elizabeth Bruce
A great translation, I love the into to each chapter and upanishad. This book is a labour of love making these wonderful teachings available to all.Published 1 month ago by IAN MANN
I just loved the Upanishads. This is a great opener for the subject with good introductions to each one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. D. J. Seymour
Good book when you are studying and learning , then as a reference book as many books refer to this publication.Published 2 months ago by Elsie
Exquisite. If you are at all spiritually curious, you should have a copy of this book. 3000 year old wisdom that sings as brightly today as back then. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jondi