8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
This is Volume 2 of The Eight Upanisads translated by Swami Gambhirananda covering the (5th) Aitareya (6th) Mundaka, (7th) Mandukya and Karika and (8th) Prasna Upanisad. This is a high power treatment of the scriptures going back to the Sanskrit and commentary by Sankara.
Let's look at the first verse in the Aitareya Upanisad:
"In the beginning this was but the absolute Self alone. There was nothing else whatsoever that winked. He thought, "Let me create the worlds." The Gambhirananda translation has a 350 word commentary.
Compare this to the popular Prabhavananda translation, The Upanishads Breath of the Eternal:
"Before creation, all that existed was the Self, the Self alone, Nothing else was. Then the Self thought: "Let me send forth the worlds." There is no commentary.
The Gambhirananda version looks at the Sanskrit and breaks down every word in the sequence as it appears in the original and defines it. A substantial commentary by Sankara follows each verse. This is for the serious student. The Prabhavananda translation is more literary, tells a story which brings some understanding to a wider audience, but sacrifices intellectual depth. This book is available from Vedanta Press.