The Upanishads

Paperback | November 30, 1965

byP AnonymousEditorJuan Mascaro

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The Upanishads, the earliest of which were composed in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 bce by sages and poets, form part of the Vedas - the sacred and ancient scriptures that are the basis of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad, or lesson, takes up a theme ranging from the attainment of spiritual bliss to karma and rebirth, and collectively they are meditations on life, death and immortality. The essence of their teachings is that truth can by reached by faith rather than by thought, and that the spirit of God is within each of us - we need not fear death as we carry within us the promise of eternal life.

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What the New Testament is to Christianity, The Upanishads is to Hinduism. These spiritual treatises vary in length and were first recorded in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 BC. This Penguin Classic edition features a selection from 12 Upanishads. The Sanskrit word “Upanishad” means “to sit under, to obtain instruction at a master’s f...

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The Upanishads, the earliest of which were composed in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 bce by sages and poets, form part of the Vedas - the sacred and ancient scriptures that are the basis of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad, or lesson, takes up a theme ranging from the attainment of spiritual bliss to karma and rebirth, and collectivel...

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The Upanishads, the earliest of which were composed in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 bce by sages and poets, form part of the Vedas - the sacred and ancient scriptures that are the basis of the Hindu religion. Each Upanishad, or lesson, takes up a theme ranging from the attainment of spiritual bliss to karma and rebirth, and collectivel...

Juan Mascaro was born in Majorca, and later studied modern and oriental languages, Sanskrit, Pali and English at Cambridge University. He died in 1987, and was lauded as a great translator of our time.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.3 inPublished:November 30, 1965Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0140441638

ISBN - 13:9780140441635

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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What the New Testament is to Christianity, The Upanishads is to Hinduism. These spiritual treatises vary in length and were first recorded in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 BC. This Penguin Classic edition features a selection from 12 Upanishads. The Sanskrit word “Upanishad” means “to sit under, to obtain instruction at a master’s feet.” Just as Jesus instructed his disciples at the Sermon on the Mount, these spiritual essays provide profound religious teachings. Translator and editor Juan Mascaro offers a brilliant introduction exploring the works’ contradictory diversity and oneness, simplicity and complexity, romantic imagination and spiritual knowledge.