The Upanishads Audible Audiobook – Abridged
Audible Audiobook, Abridged
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Easwaran’s best-selling translation of the ancient wisdom texts called the Upanishads is reliable, enjoyable, and profound.
In the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they experience directly a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe.
Easwaran’s best-selling translation of selections taken from the principal Upanishads and five others is reliable and accessible. It includes an overview of the cultural and historical setting, with chapter introductions, notes, and a Sanskrit glossary. But it is Easwaran’s understanding of the wisdom of the Upanishads, and their relevance to the modern audience, that makes this edition truly outstanding.
Each sage, each Upanishad, appeals in different ways to the listener's head and heart. As Easwaran writes, “The Upanishads belong not just to Hinduism. They are India’s most precious legacy to humanity, and in that spirit they are offered here.”
This audiobook is a complete narration of Eknath Easwaran's Foreword, Introduction, and translation, but omits the short chapter introductions and the Afterword by other writers.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 3 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||15 December 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,889 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#33 in Eastern Philosophy
#59 in Hinduism (Audible Books & Originals)
#91 in Spiritual Meditation
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If short of time , I would recommend reading his introduction to Katha Upanishad , which is the gem among all other upanishads. This upanishad is setup as a conversation between a 14 year boy Nachiketa , and Yama- the god of death. With innocence , yet with astonishing clarity Nachiketa asks question after question , which Yama, who has found an able student, is only too happy to answer.
Eknathji's insight of this conversation, is truly sublime and born possibly out of his experience in meditation, which helps the reader to appreciate , the deep knowledge the upanishads convery.
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Here is an example. I was struck by a passage in the second half of Chandogya Upanishad 7.26.2. In Easwaran's work, it reads as follows:
"Control the senses and purify the mind. In a pure mind there is constant awareness of the self. Where there is constant awareness of the self, freedom ends bondage and joy ends sorrow."
I looked at the Sanskrit text (I am a student of Sanskrit) and found nothing like this! The translation from the rival OUP translation (by Patrick Olivelle) is accurate:
"When one's food is pure, one's being becomes pure; when one's being is pure, one's memory becomes strong; and when one acquires memory, all the knots are cut away."
What a difference!
Well worth a read if you have the time, patience and focus.