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The Upanishads   By: (1884-1940)

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The Upanishads by Swami Paramananda is a profound and enlightening work that delves deep into the ancient wisdom and spiritual teachings of Hindu philosophy. From the very beginning, the author captivates readers with his impeccable knowledge and eloquent prose, making this book a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of life's purpose and truth.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is its ability to bridge the gap between the esoteric teachings of the Upanishads and the average reader's daily life. Swami Paramananda masterfully explains complex concepts such as Atman (the eternal self) and Brahman (the ultimate reality) in a way that is accessible and relatable.

The author's deep reverence for the Upanishads is evident throughout the book. With each passage, he effortlessly conveys the profound impact these texts had on ancient sages and the transformative power they hold for modern seekers. It becomes clear that the Upanishads are not just ancient scriptures but timeless guides for self-realization.

Swami Paramananda's commentary on the Upanishads is immensely enlightening, as he contextualizes each verse before delving into its profound meaning. His interpretations are insightful and thought-provoking, challenging readers to question their understanding of reality and existence. The book encourages self-introspection and provides endless opportunities for profound insights and personal growth.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is exceptionally clear and concise, making the complex philosophical concepts palatable for readers with varying levels of familiarity with Hindu philosophy. This allows the book to cater to both beginners and advanced seekers alike, providing a stepping stone to deeper spiritual exploration.

However, it must be noted that some readers may find the sheer depth and complexity of the Upanishads overwhelming, especially if they are new to the subject matter. While Swami Paramananda's explanations are enlightening, there is still a degree of prior knowledge or willingness to delve into intricate spiritual concepts required to fully grasp and appreciate the teachings presented.

In conclusion, The Upanishads by Swami Paramananda is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. It is a comprehensive and enlightening guide that not only unravels the ancient wisdom of the Upanishads but also ignites a spark within the reader to explore their own divine nature. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the fundamental questions of life, purpose, and self-realization.

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This etext was produced by J.C. Byers (jcbyers@capitalnet.com)

This etext was produced by J. C. Byers.

The Upanishads Translated and Commentated by Swami Paramananda From the Original Sanskrit Text

This volume is reverently dedicated to all seekers of truth and lovers of wisdom

Preface

The translator's idea of rendering the Upanishads into clear simple English, accessible to Occidental readers, had its origin in a visit paid to a Boston friend in 1909. The gentleman, then battling with a fatal malady, took from his library shelf a translation of the Upanishads and, opening it, expressed deep regret that the obscure and unfamiliar form shut from him what he felt to be profound and vital teaching.

The desire to unlock the closed doors of this ancient treasure house, awakened at that time, led to a series of classes on the Upanishads at The Vedanta Centre of Boston during its early days in St. Botolph Street. The translation and commentary then given were transcribed and, after studious revision, were published in the Centre's monthly magazine, "The Message of the East," in 1913 and 1914... Continue reading book >>




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