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Essence of the Upanishads is a translation and commentary on the Katha Upanishad , an ancient Indian scripture. Foreign non-English editions have also been published in several languages.

The majority of the book is a commentary on the Katha Upanishad , divided into 12 chapters in two major parts entitled "Dialogue With Death" and "The Journey Through Consciousness. The translation is described as "made particularly for use in meditation " [13] see the author's method of Passage Meditation.

The third edition includes a previously unpublished introduction [14] in which the author states:. The Upanishads are probably the oldest body of wisdom literature in the world Out of hundreds of these documents, one in particular appeals to me as the essence of the Upanishads.

Lyrical, dramatic, practical, inspiring, the Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism and presents them in the context of a mythic adventure that everyone can relate to: the story of a young hero who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality. Gandhi the Man Nonviolent Soldier of Islam. Most correspond to particular concepts from the Katha that are expounded by the author:.

The Los Angeles Times wrote that the author "has given us a clear, almost controversial book that draws on the text and teachings of an ancient mystical faith and applies them to the concerns of contemporary life. His insights into the use of meditation to overcome the fear of death are comforting, reassuring, invigorating He thus had a grasp of both spiritual and secular worlds and He therefore co-relates the spiritual message to the everyday dilemmas faced by ordinary laity and presents the lofty Upanishad as a practical guide.

Yoga International stated that the author "often personifies philosophical and spiritual principles, thus removing them from the realm of the abstract. One of the central points in the Katha Upanishad is the distinction between the good shreya and the pleasant preya and the importance of choosing shreya.

Similarly, the gross body and subtle bodies are portrayed as a married couple Yoga Journal stated that "After years of meditation and practice 'living out' the Katha in the modern world, Easwaran is intimate in his writing. Psychiatrist Aaron Beck and his colleagues quoted from the commentary portion of the book. They stated that "E. Easwaran uses the metaphor of channels in the brain to describe how a person's major concern develops Patients respond well to this metaphor.

The original edition was published by in by Nilgiri Press , which also published subsequent US editions. Other editions have been published in German, [1] Hungarian, [2] Bahasan, [3] and Korean. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Die Essenz der Upanischaden: Was passiert, wenn ich sterbe? Peter Kobbe, trans. Goldmann Wilhelm. Menyelami misteri kehidupan. Jakarta, Indonesia: PT Gramedia. Archived from the original on Retrieved CS1 maint: archived copy as title link , accessed 17 April Los Angeles Times.

Ottawa Citizen. Haas Library Journal. Yoga Journal. Radhakrishnan , The Principal Upanishads , p. These two, with different purposes, bind a man. Of these two, it is well for him who takes hold of the good; but he who chooses the pleasant, fails of his aim. Greenberg New York: Basic Books. Categories : Upanishads non-fiction books non-fiction books Works by Eknath Easwaran.

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Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Among the oldest of India's spiritual texts, the Upanishads are records of intensive question-and-answer sessions given by illumined sages to their students - in ashrams, at family gatherings, in a royal court, and in the kingdom of Death. The sages share flashes of insight, extraordinary visions, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself.

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In the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they have direct experience of a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe. Eknath Easwaran is one of the twentieth century's great spiritual teachers and an authentic guide to timeless wisdom.


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. It includes a page overview of the cultural and historical setting, and introductions to each chapter. 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.

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