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In the first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship on these central scriptures of Hinduism. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualism of the Veda into new religi ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published -500)
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Drew Campbell For me its by Eknath Easwaran. simple, concise and as accurate as possible. though the nature of sanskrit still makes me want to learn that language…moreFor me its by Eknath Easwaran. simple, concise and as accurate as possible. though the nature of sanskrit still makes me want to learn that language and read them in the original. stunning works.(less)
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Roy Lotz
I find it interesting how pervasive is the mystic idea of unity. From transcendentalists to scientists to Buddhists to Christians to Hindus, I hear this same thing emphasized repeatedly—everything is one. Physicists wax poetic about how our bodies are made of star-dust. Biologists and naturalists wonder at the unity of life on earth. Christians celebrate the infinite simplicity of God. Spinoza's philosophy proclaims the oneness of all reality. Walt Whitman had this to say:
And I know that the han
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آیین برهمایی
جهان بینی برهمایی، یکی از بی نظیرترین مکاتب فلسفی-عرفانی شرق است که بنا به عقیده ی بسیاری، تأثیری عمیق در عرفان پيشا مسيحى( فلوطین)، عرفان مسیحی و عرفان اسلامی گذاشته است.
مهم ترین اصل این جهان بینی این است که جهان هیچ حقیقتی ندارد و تنها "نمود"ی بدون "بود" است، مانند تصاویری که در رؤیا می بینیم. تمام این جهان، تمام این تصاویر، تمام این "نمود"ها، ساخته ی "بود"ی واحد، بی شکل و درک ناشدنی است که "براهمان" نامیده می شود. "براهمان" در درون تمام اشیا جاری است، اما با حس درک نمی شود، بلکه ر
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Girish Kohli
Jul 16, 2012 Girish Kohli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Upanishad' means 'sit down near me'. That is its true meaning. Isnt it so simple?
Doesnt the meaning of Upanishad remind you of your grandfather or grandmother telling you a story.
That is exactly what the Upanishad is.

The Upanishad is one of the oldest Hindu scriptures (after the vedas) but that doesnt mean only Hindus can read it. The beauty of the Upanishads is that it never talks about Hinduism.

It is a work that explores the metaphysical truths of Human existence. If you read carefully,
you w
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Adrian Anderson
Mar 30, 2011 Adrian Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
This book first exposed me to the deep, Deep, DEEP wellspring of spirituality that is to be found in the Indian tradition. The concept of Atman and Brahman and the interchangeability was so in keeping with my person beliefs that the first reading left me shaken.

I am from the Bible belt where our preachers call Indians (and others) idolaters, polytheists, blasphemers and fuel for hellfire. But on reading the Upanishads one realizes that they are closer to monotheism than is Christianity with it's
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Upanishads, Anonymous
عنوان: اوپانیشادها - کتابهای حکمت؛ نویسنده: ناشناس؛ مترجم: مهدی جواهریان؛ پیام یزدانجو؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، 1387؛ در 287 ص؛ شابک: 9789643059804؛ موضوع: کتابهای مقدس - هندوئیسم - قرن 5 پیش از میلاد
اوپه نیشدها (اپانیشادها)، شامل مباحث فلسفی، دینی و قسمتی از کتاب ودا، و نیز اذکار و سرودهای خدایان و برهمنان و شرح آیین قهرمانی هندوان و جز آن است. این کتاب، که در حدود 600 سال پیش از میلاد یعنی حوالی ظهور مذهب بودا تألیف شده، از معنی، هدف زندگی، غایت جهان و ارتباط بشر با نیروهای ن
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Megan Salyer
Jul 09, 2012 Megan Salyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Right up there w the Bible and Quran, but if I had to choose I'd say Hindu text I've read thus far is my favorite. There's so much love and drama in the text it always leaves me wanting more and I feel more accurately describes reasons our world is so unpredictably crazy
Zahra Dashti
دو سه روزه دارم کتاب اوپانیشادها رو می خونم (کتاب های مقدس هندوان). هندو ها به تناسخ اعتقاد دارن ، ولی این تناسخ برای همه رخ نمی ده. می شه اینجور گفت این تناسخ برای اونهایی رخ می ده که تو زندگی به کمالی که باید نرسیده اند و یگانه هستی یا روح رو نشناخته اند و باهاش یکی نشده اند. برای همین دوباره به زندگی پست دنیا (به شکلی نوعی از آفرینش) بر می گردند و این چرخه اونقدر طی می شه که یا یگانه هستی رو بشناسند ، یا همچنان این چرخه ادامه پیدا کنه. اما کسی که یگانه هستی یا روح رو بشناسه ، از چرخه تناسخ و ...more
Trenton Judson
Oct 21, 2012 Trenton Judson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a magic to this text that comes alive inside those warm places in the bottom of your stomach as you read it. The connectivity and the power of the self that this book teaches are invaluable to any person of any ethical, moral, or theological background. I first had a strong desire to read this book after reading Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge" and found myself going back and back to the quote on the first page from The Upanishad's that reads: "The sharp edge of a razor is difficul ...more
Dennis Littrell
Easwaran, Eknath. The Upanishads (1987) *****
Important volume on one of humanity's greatest religious works

In the Upanishads there are two selves. They are symbolized by two birds sitting on a tree branch. The one bird, the self with a small "s" eats. The other bird, the Self with a capital "S" observes. The first self is the self that is part of this world. The second Self is merely an observer that doesn't take part and is in fact beyond the pairs of opposites such as pleasure and pain that do
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نقل است که زمانی داریوش شایگان، قسمتهایی از اوپانیشادها را برای علامه طباطبایی می خواند و ترجمه می کرد. علامه فرموده بودند اين كتاب چه معانی بلندی دارد و کاش قبل از اتمام المیزان، این کتاب را خوانده بودم.
و نيز نقل است که فرمودند برخى الهامات الهى بر ارباب اديان ديگر مى شده است، و اوپانيشادها جزء همان الهامات غيبى است.

همين طور معروف است که شوپنهاور همیشه این کتاب را در کنار میزش مى گذاشته و مطالعه مى کرده و مى گفته: بزرگترين تحول در زندگی من از خواندن اوپانیشادها بود و همچنان که تسلای زندگانی من
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Yasmine Carlson
Sep 09, 2013 Yasmine Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're open to it, I think, the sublime poetry of the Upanishads will change the way you view life in the world. No more "poor little me," lost and afraid in a mechanical and unsympathetic universe, but rather "Thou art that!" You are what the entire cosmos is doing, the whole works! This really is good news.
Richard
I thought this would be another primary source to understand the history of Hindu thought, and while it did that, it was so much more. It was a fundamental tool in changing the way I look at God, the world, and my place in it. One of the most important reads I've ever had.
Ben
Dec 02, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At an earlier point in my studies of Eastern religion and philosophy, I would easily have awarded this work 5 stars and would likely have placed it on my "favorites" shelf. When I first began my journey into Eastern religion with the Bhagavad Gita many years ago I was mesmerized by the ideas and was drawn in by the oneness with the universe that such works promoted. Since then and before reading The Upanishads, my understanding of Eastern religions and ideas has been influenced by the likes of ( ...more
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 David Withun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
The Upanishads are some of the most fascinating writings in world literature. They are a record of several hundred years of experience and wisdom in one of the world's great mystical traditions. As such, they act as a powerful witness to the universality of the desire for eternity and transcendence, for the innate humanity of the longing for God.

This translation is an interesting one and may be useful for someone who is new to the Upanishads. Nearly all of the technical language is trimmed out a
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Sue
Jan 15, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm such a nerd. I read this during the Packer game.
Jeff
Jan 07, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #3 in 2012's survey of holy shit (#2 was Confucius's Analects etc.).

Overall this collection of disparate mystical writings by long-dead Hindus is the early frontrunner for my Most Philosophically Stimulating Sacred Text award. I almost wrote Theosophically, but their ideas exercised my love of wisdom more than they conveyed to me any wisdom about god. (Screw you, too, Blavatsky! i know you're listening.)

I disagreed with most of the metaphysical claims. I quibbled frequently. I pooh-poohed a
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Oakshaman
Jun 18, 2009 Oakshaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The essence of the twelve principle Upanishads

_If you have ever been intimidated by the multi-volume scholarly translations of the Upanishads, then this book is for you. I still marvel at how Prabhavananda and Manchester managed to encapsulate so much of the core content and meaning of the twelve principle Upanishads in such a slim volume. Yet they did- and it works. This translation was originally produced in 1948 for the Vedanta Society of Southern California but it still holds up as one of
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K.D. Rose
One of the most beautiful books of religious text that reads like poetry. The only book I rate comparable from ancient religious texts anyway, is The Song of Songs.
Alex
Mar 28, 2010 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is some truth in the Upanishads, a word in Sanskrit which means, "a sitting, an instruction, the sitting at the feet of a master," but there is so much which is fluff and simply not true.

Truths:
"the wise man chooses the path of joy; the fool takes the path of pleasure." p. 58
"What lies beyond life shines not to those who are childish, or careless, or deluded by wealth." p. 58
"the foolish run after outward pleasures and fall into the snares." p. 62
"There is the path of wisdom and the path
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Philip
May 31, 2008 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just discovering these early Hindu texts. Compared to the thinking of many today's mainsteram religions, the concepts put forth here are progressive, if not outright radical.

An expansive god-view/understanding is presented that is accessible. Also, a nice introduction to was what once simply my ignorance and chaotic undertanding of the complexity of Hinduism.

As far as the translation goes, since this is my first reading so nothing to compare it to...but it's certainly understandable and as acces
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Roxanne
Dec 01, 2011 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, yoga
The Upanishads, translated by Eknath EaswaranThe Upanishads are a group of ancient wisdom texts. Each individual upanishad is named for the sage who delivered its teaching, long ago; each one describes in flashes of insight how to explore your own consciousness, how to come closer to the Divine. Some of the upanishads take the form of a story: a student (or a wife, or even a king) implores a great sage (or even Death itself) to share holy secrets. Most of the upanishads rely on classic natural i ...more
Philip Cartwright
Jan 12, 2013 Philip Cartwright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, religion
A fascinating, sometimes haunting, sometimes baffling read. Of course, these sacred scriptures don't give a full picture of Hinduism by themselves - for that I'd need greater familiarity with the numerous ceremonies, chants, rituals and stories that go with them. Nevertheless, the Upanishads provide a mesmerising window onto what is (for me) a very foreign world.

I hesitate to attempt much analysis of such a venerable text - especially after just a first read-through. But I will offer this: on on
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Julian Meynell
I read the version translated by Juan Mascaro and I want to talk about his treatment before moving onto the work. I found Mascaro's introduction to be a bit flaky. Mascaro is fundamentally a mystic who tries to see all religions and most great figures in literature and philosophy as reflecting the same one mystical reality. While of course there is some merit in that view, it hides more than it reveals. In the translation, this gave me some concerns where Mascaro is using Christian language and ...more
Elizabeth
A wonderful translation of what may be one of India's greatest philophical treasures. The language in Easwaran's translation is simple, clear and understandable. It manages to convey perfectly the poetic beauty of the Upanishadic texts, without adding any unnecessary confusion to some of the intense philosophical points. As this is the first edition of the Upanishads I have read, I have no other copy to recommend or to compare it by. However, Easwaran's edition also comes with a very useful glos ...more
Erin
Jan 29, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this translation of the Upanishads. The translator was both a Master of English as well as Hindu himself and a religious scholar. When reading, keep in mind that every world was chosen with you in mind to convey as much as possible of the original meaning. To me, this book is full of wisdom that anybody can appreciate. It's the furthest thing from outdated or antiquated, and hints at a kind of spiritual existence and life that is 'just beyond the curtains', so to speak, and th ...more
Kevin
Mar 05, 2009 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I actually read the Project Gutenberg release of this classic Indian text on Hinduism. It's a short 17,000 word translation by a Hindu mystic that visited Boston in 1909. Even though the translation is 90 years old it brought the message of the text to life for me, and the insightful commentary by the translator helped to get the message across of the book.
Daniel Prasetyo
Aug 24, 2012 Daniel Prasetyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best translation of The Upanishads that I found, the author, like other great teachers, is experiencing the wisdom so deeply that he can translate the sacred text with the way that you can really understand and experiencing it's meaning. It contains a chapter introduction, and a notes. The Upanishads is the true treasure of India.
Julie Kelly
Aug 17, 2013 Julie Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
The Upanishads is an amazing book about spirituality in India. It takes you on a jorney of the self and allows you to realize and understand that the mind is what dominates the life for example what you desire is what you basically get. The Unipanishads as a book is sometimes hard to grasp but well worth persevereing with just as its sister book the Bhagavadgita
Daniel Young
Dec 14, 2015 Daniel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
better than the down panishads
David
Jan 18, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two birds of beautiful plumage, comrades
Inseparable, live on the selfsame tree.
One bird eats the fruit of pleasure and pain;
The other looks on without eating.

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