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The Upanishads, Part 1
This two-volume set contains the famous Max Müller translation of the classical upanisads that first appeared as Volumes I and XV of the "Sacred Books of the East." It contains the full text, translated into English and annotated, of the following upanisads: Chandogya, Kena, Aitareya, Kaushitaki, Isa, Katha, Mundaka, Taittiriyaka, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, and M ...more
Paperback, 421 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Dover Publications
(first published 1879)
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Easily one of the most important books ever written. Unlike more linear Western philosophy/religion, the Upanishads is much more cyclical and requires meditation to really grasp even a few of the endless concepts tightly packed within these pages. What I found particularly interesting is how positive and upbeat the entire work is. The statements throughout are applicable to any person's life regardless of religion or condition. The openness of the Upanishad's philosophy makes it compatible with ...more
I greatly enjoyed the first volume of this two part translation by Max Mueller. It is challenging to know how to describe it though. Mr. Mueller is correct in his introduction where he describes how readers of ancient oriental texts should prepare themselves to be both lifted to shockingly brilliant thoughts and just as frequently, or perhaps more so, left disappointed after reading something either childish or cruel. This work did just that to me. I was stunned at the introspection and depth at ...more
Although I’ve briefly explored some concepts of Hinduism through a college religion course I took years ago, The Upanishads was my first actual Vedic read. The text focuses on man’s relation with the Self and the importance of making this his priority. Some of the themes include the concept of the ultimate reality known as 'brahman', salvation, attachment vs. detachment (freedom from want), the importance of thoughts, and the divine nature of the incantation 'Om'. Some of the concepts were unfam ...more
Friedrich Max Müller, generally known as Max Müller or F. Max Müller, was a German-born philologist and Orientalist, who lived and studied in Britain for most of his life. He was one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion. Müller wrote both scholarly and popular works on the subject of Indology and the Sacred Books of the East, a ...moreMore about Friedrich Max Müller...