ISBN 9780140441635 | 144 pages | 30 Nov 1965 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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An “Upanisad” is a teaching session with a guru, and the thirteen texts of the “Principal Upanis.ads”—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 central doctrines: rebirth, karma, overcoming death, and achieving detachment, equilibrium, and spiritual bliss. Speaking to the reader in direct, unadorned prose or lucid verse, the Upanisads collected here embody humanity’s perennial search for truth and knowledge. Valerie Roebuck’s powerful new translation blends accuracy with readability and retains the oral style of these stirring and profound philosophical explorations.
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Isavasya or Isa Upanisad: "Pervaded by the Lord"
Brhadaranyaka Upanisad: The Great Forest Teaching
Chandogya Upanisad: The Chanters' Teaching
Taittiriya Upanisad: The Taittiriyas' Teaching
Aitareya Upanisad: Aitareya's Teaching
Kausitaki Upanisad: Kausitaki's Teaching
Kena Upanisad: "By Whom?"
Katha Upanisad: The Kathas' Teaching
Svetasvatara Upanisad: Svetasvatara's Teaching
Mundaka Upanisad: The Renouncers' Teaching
Prasna Upanisad: The Teaching in Questions
Mandukya Upanisad: The Mandukas' Teaching
Maitri Upanisad: Maitri's Teaching
‘Your translation . . . has caught from those great words the inner voice that goes beyond the boundaries of words’ – Rabindranath Tagore in a letter to the translator.