The Vedas and Upanishads for Children Audio CD – Import, 24 November 2020
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- Item Weight : 234 g
- ISBN-10 : 171357750X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713577508
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.27 x 17.15 cm
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (24 November 2020)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
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Here Pai undertakes the onerous task of decoding for young readers some of the oldest, and most significant, of Hindu scriptures: the Vedas - and the Upanishads, which are embedded in the Vedas. This is a significant challenge, considering that these scriptures contain complex philosophical themes and concepts. Pai takes on the challenge in splendid fashion, masterfully combining scholarly research with deep experience of writing for young people. The result is a book that not only provides a high level understanding of these scriptures, but also introduces the reader to many of the key tenets of Vedanta philosophy.
Pai’’s writing style is easy and conversational, and her language, contemporary. Consequently, the book never feels dull or heavy and will likely strike an instant chord with readers of all ages. Further, Pai weaves in many interesting stories, facts and pop-culture references which make the text fun.
This is a wonderful introduction to the Vedas and Upanishads for young readers and their parents. It is easily one of the most accessible books on this somewhat esoteric subject. One of the “must read” books of 2019!
Dear Publisher of hachette!
I bought this book as I already read The Gita for children by the same author, which I loved reading. That was a great reading, both content wise and the printed quality wise. But in this book, the content is so good so far, but the print quality is awful. Why you reduce cost in printing? The letters shall be bit more darker. Please correct it in the future prints. Please see the attached picture. Left side is the new book and the other one is The Gita.
About the writing, I would say 5 stars would not be enough. It is not just for children. I am a father of two and I love it.
I am amazed by the insight that her writing of the Vedas and Upanishads reveals. For example, take the introductory preface, Before We Begin. In her astute categorisation of which kind of reader you may be - the agree-r, the disagree-r, or the one sitting on the fence, and the response of the sages to each (which is equal parts welcoming, thought-provoking and stimulating), she has defined the completely open, non-judgmental, non-didactic nature of dialogue in the Upanishads.
This sets a general background to these texts that can otherwise be utterly misinterpreted in different political contexts. The openness and universal appeal of these texts emerges powerfully in Roopa's telling, and is a great service she has rendered to all of us, adults and children in the present, and to future generations. A service to our heritage and to humanity that involves 'roadmaps' and keys to living joyfully and in harmony.
So, read this book as an explanation of an age-old text
THINGS I LOVED:
Easy-going, frank, and cool way that the writer has used make it more appealing
The drawings alongside are just a cherry on top
THINGS I DISLIKED:
The author has, for reasons best known to her, believed the Aryan Invasion Theory to be a reality. This theory-and, it is called a theory for this very reason-has never been backed by any proofs. A 2-crore cash prize is still up for grabs to anyone who can prove its validity. Sad. Dr. Ambedkar, himself, denounced and rejected this European theory.
Further, due to the AIT, all the dates of the vedas and upanishads are incorrect. But ignore the dates, go for the content.
The forced portrayal of ShahJahan as some great guy who wanted to know more about these texts and how he documented them is WRONG. he did so, to smuggle knowledge out to his arab world, not due to his secularism (which again he lacked dearly!)
There is undeniable proof that 27 Rishikas (female sages) were part of the team of the enlightened ancients who wrote these very Vedas and Upanishads. And yet, the author tells the readers that women were not allowed to read these texts. Isn't that quite silly?
I say this again, there are portions of this books that just hit the nail on its head perfectly and WILL touch your inner core. You MUST read this but with a grain of salt.
Owing to the minor flaws, I wouldn't recommend this book directly for kids. They are too susceptible to decipher the flaw and the fact. But you as a parent can go through this and filter, after doing your own fact-checking, the stuff.
For someone who is not a historian, I commemorate the author. These flaws occur. It's not a big deal. But the author at least prodded me on a hunt to dig facts, for this reason alone I think I will be buying her version of Gita as well.
Thanks Amazon for the blazing delivery and the secure packaging!