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The Upanishads Hardcover – April, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Asian Humanities Pr (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895819449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895819444
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,011,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"....Shyam N. Shukla presents an excellent and easily readable translation of the Ten Principal Upanishads. His occasional comments on the different verses are also quite illuminating. A welcome addition to the Vedic and Upanishadic literature...."--Dr. David Frawley, Author of The Vedic Astrology -- Dr. David Frawley, Author of The Vedic Astrology

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is fashionable in certain circles to attempt loose, feelgood translations of classical texts in a manner that serves the contemporary bias and preconceptions of the translators. Such works distort the true meanings of the classics, and serve no purpose except the aggrandisement of such pseudo-scholars. Shukla's present book is a fine example of such work. He strays from all the accepted classical commentaries and tries to strike out on his own, with little regard for the fact that his explanations are even ungrammatical in many instances (and are largely unfaithful to the genre of his source texts).
The book would be useful to a neo-Vedantin who has little patience for a deep and committed study of the classics but is very interested in coming up with a loose understanding that suits well the modern Hindutva movement that casts all the ancient texts in a modern right-wing political light. No one who has made an independent and detailed study of the Upanishads will care to agree with Shukla.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By vk on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the name Upanishad implies learning by sitting at the feet of the teacher. Upanishads record the views of a succession of Hindu teachers and sages from about 1000 BC to about 600 BC. The texts form the basis of much of later Indian philosophy and represent the final stage in the tradition of the Vedas. However, compared to Vedas themselves, the Upanishads are characterized by increased philosophical and mystical questioning and by their diminished concern with Vedic deities and sacrificial rites. The special philosophical concern of the Upanishads is with the nature of reality. The Upanishads broadly discus the nature of morality and of eternal life and incorporate themes such as the transmigration of souls and causality in creation. Against the above backdrop, this book is a delight to read. The author has beautifully brought out the essence of a very important piece of classic Hindu literature. The author's translation is authentic without getting into linguistic intricacies of Sanskrit, and simplified enough to enable the reader to grasp the original thought without compromising its philosophical integrity. The author's style, like that in his earlier Hindi books, is very refreshing. It is as though he is talking to his reader, which is consistent with the character of the Upanishads as described in the preceding para. I strongly recommend this book to any one who enjoys serious classic literature, whether he/she is familiar with the Hindu philosophy or not.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikhil Sharma on December 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very good book,this book describes The UPANISHADS in alot of Detail.Shyam Shukla Is A wonderful author.After Reading several books on the subject, I found this book to be the best.Shyam Shukla can Relate the Upanishads to life in the present day.I would say that Shyam Shukla Is A wonder with words.
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