The Samnyasa Upanisads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation

Paperback | November 1, 1993

Translated byPatrick Olivelle

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institutions and of the historical changes they underwentduring a period of a thousand years or more. Beginning with an analysis of the historical context that gave rise to Indian ascetical institutions and ideologies, Patrick Olivelle moves on to elucidate the meaning of renunciation--the central institution of holiness in most Hindu traditions--and thefunction and significance of the various elements that constitute the rite of renunciation. The Samnyasa Upanisads will be an unparalleled source of information and insight for students of Hinduism and Indian eticism, mysticism, andholiness.

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institution and of the historical changes they underwent during a period of a thousand years or more.

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institutions and of the historical changes they underwentduring a period of a thousand years or more. B...

Patrick Olivelle is Chair of the Department of Asian Studies and Director for the Center of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Note on the TranslationINTRODUCTION1. The Samnyasa Upanisads2. Renunciation and Society: The Inner Conflict of Tradition3. The Nature and Purpose of Renunciation4. The Rite of Renunciation5. The Classifications of Renouncers6. The Behavior and Customs of RenouncersTRANSLATIONS1. Aruni Upanisad2-3. Laghu-Samnyasa Upanisad and Kundika Upanisad4. Kathasruti Upanisad5. Paramahamsa Upanisad6. Jabala Upanisad7. Brahma Upanisad8. Asrama Upanisad9. Maitreya Upanisad10. Naradaparivrajaka Upanisad11. Nirvana Upanisad12. Bhiksuka Upanisad13. Turiyatitavadhuta Upanisad14. Brhat-Samnyasa Upanisad15. Paramahamsaparivrajaka Upanisad16. Parabrahma Upanisad17. Brhad-Avadhuta Upanisad18. Yajnavalkya Upanisad19. Satyayaniya Upanisad20. Laghu-Avadhuta UpanisadNotesBibliographyIndex

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The first readable and accurate translation of twenty of the most authoritative Hindu documents pertaining to ascetic ideals and the ascetic way of life, this text opens to students a major source for the study of the Hindu ascetical institution and of the historical changes they underwent during a period of a thousand years or more.

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"The definitive translation of texts seminal to understanding the Hindu tradition and particularly asceticism."--Douglas R. Brooks , University of Rochester