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The Upanishads: A Classic of Indian Spirituality Paperback – August 28, 2007
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For those who are very serious, however...
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is missing the entire chapter 1 (very important chapter), it starts on chapter 2. Then on chapter 3, verses 2 through 7 (very important too) are missing... this pattern keeps going with other Upanishads.
Eknath was condensing the Upanishads to make it less repetitive (in a way I like it - abridge version) and many verses had missing parts/words/ideas/watered down (this repeats throughout the book and it is my biggest complaint). I understand "selecting portions" of some of the Upanishads, but it should be stated, and more importantly, the best parts should've been selected (per Upanishad). Here (Brihadaranyaka), the best parts were left out (a main issue), perhaps because another Upanishad touches on the same topic, but this is not mentioned or shown where. It is obvious that he was making a very westernize translation, omitting things that would turn away any western mind, as for example: being reborn in another planet (see below verse 3 of the Isha Upanishad). Our "scientific" society would laugh at this. Yet, I rather have it in the original context than to delude it. And still, Eknath managed to do a very good translation (my second favorite "most readable").
It would have been better if he gave the entire text of all the Upanishads and he did not condense (missing words or ideas) them so much, just a bit.Read more ›
Eknath Eswaran's transalation makes the Upanishads simple to read. That alone is a great achievement given the voluminous nature of the texts and the language of expression - Sanskrit. We should remember that the text is thousands of years old and has a strong inclination towards flowery, verbose and at times redundant expresssions. But if repetition gets the message across, so does reading such texts! Throughout the translation, Eknath Eswaran's experience with spiritualism, his dedication to such a life, his knowledge and wisdom about English literature and world religions come across making the reading valuable.Read more ›
Mr Easwaran's work convinced me to buy all Three books that form a Trilogy: The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita. Without a doubt, especially considering the price, this Trilogy is a steal.
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Would definitely have been on the spiritual path a while before tackling this one. A number of years reading and studying the Tao Te Ching, or other spiritual and meditative... Read morePublished 8 days ago by timothy lacey
Wasnt sure what to expect when I ordered this but so happy I did. This is a great inspirational read which I thoroughly enjoyed.Published 9 days ago by William J. Howard, III
Easwaran's translations of the Hindu Classics are aimed at explaining them to the Western reader. Very good on that score. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Grokmeister
Great translation! I bought one for me and one as a gift! Highly recommend!Published 25 days ago by ChaonThe5th
Solid translation and the author did a good job prefacing each upanishadPublished 3 months ago by Tor