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The Upanishads, Vol. I-IV (4 Volume Set) Hardcover – June, 1987
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Adi Sankara selected 11 Upanishads and wrote commentary on them and called them 'the Major Upanishads'. This four volume set contains all the major Upanishads with notes based on Sankara's commentary. Swami Nikhilananda's translation is superb. Rather than literally translate Sankara's commentary, he has chosen to place 'notes' based on Sankara's commentary and this makes the text very readable. He has added explanations to Sankara's commentary, which I feel are essential for modern readers.
Another feature of this 4 volume set is Nikhilananda's extensive introductions on the concept of Brahman as portrayed in Vedic scriptures and also on other aspects of Veda Dharma (i.e., the religion based on the Vedas). The central message of the Upanishads is that Brahman (God) is the only Reality.Read more ›
Swami Nikhilananda was a genuine Hindu holy man who was also a scholar and he brings to this translation rare insights that can only be found from the actual experience of what he is writing of.
Be careful of premature comparisons between the Upanishads and the teachings of Buddhism: While there are similarities between both traditions, they are each distinct and have their own value and integrity as religious systems and both make a decided contribution to the wisdom of the religions of the east.
Swami Nikhilananda's well-known 4-Volume Set of translations of eleven Upanishads, with detailed verse-by-verse commentaries, remains in print at the time of writing and is available as separate reasonably priced volumes from both ramakrishna.org and vedanta.com
I might add that these are hardback volumes (mine are bound in cloth), stitched in the traditional way so that they actually open flat as books should, and well-printed on quality paper; in other words, unlike so much of the stuff being foisted off on us today by unscrupulous publishers, they are real books that are a pleasure to handle and will last.
For alternative editions see my Listmania list on the Upanishads.
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