The Upanishads

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Easwaran's best-selling translation of the Upanishads: ancient texts whose wisdom is stunningly relevant to modern readers.

Illumined sages share flashes of insight into consciousness itself. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe.

Easwaran’s The Upanishads is reliable and readable, and by far the bestselling translation in the US. It includes a 35-page overview of the cultural and historical setting, and introductions to each chapter. But it is Easwaran’s understanding of the wisdom of the Upanishads that makes this edition truly outstanding.

Each Upanishad appeals in different ways to the reader’s head and heart. In the end, Easwaran writes, “The Upanishads belong not just to Hinduism. They are India’s precious legacy to humanity.”

No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that ‘as qualified’ – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless.”

Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

Decades ago I plugged through a book called "The Thirteen Principal Upanishads", at the time I found it very useful. However I am the type of person that needs someone to tell me when my shoe is untied. Not so much a guru as an explication or guide to what I am about to read so I can slow down and look for those points besides the one I find on my own.

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.

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