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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 cen ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 29th 2004 by Penguin Classics (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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Upanishads, Anonymous
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و دوم ماه اکتبر سال 2009 میلادی
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،
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Adrian Anderson
Mar 30, 2011 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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Girish Kohli
Jul 16, 2012 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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Elena
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A remarkable collection of writings that somehow manages to sketch out the lineaments of the perspective of our highest realization. The uncanny thing is that these scattered linguistic sketches, left behind by diverse personalities separated by vast gulfs of historical change, nonetheless somehow manage to come together into a unified picture of what it'd be like, experientially, to grasp the unity of the real through the fully realized unity of the self. These luminous fragments express an und ...more
Mahdi Lotfi
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اوپانیشادها (تلفظ دقیقتر ولی کمتر رایج: اوپَهنیشَدها) یا ودانتا از کهنترین متون مینوی آئین هندو هستند که به دوره برهمایی بازمیگردند. اوپانیشادها تأثیر شگرفی بر فلسفه و دین هندو داشتهاند و مفاهیم باطنی این آئین را بیان نمودهاند.
از میان متون دینی هندوئیسم، اوپانیشاد، توجه دینپژوهان را بیشتر به خود جلب کردهاست، زیرا این متون اوج و پایان آموزههای ودایی (ودانته) است، که نمایانگر گذر از چندخدایی و گرایش به یکخدایی و وحدت وجود است.[۱]
در اوپانیشادها تبیین «حقیقتی» که ساری و جاری در همه پدیدههای جهان است
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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
Megan Salyer
Jul 09, 2012 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
Yasmine Carlson
Sep 09, 2013 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.
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