A General Introduction to Upanishads with a Special Chapter Ramanuja on Upanishads

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Preface

There is a well-meaning criticism from Vedantic scholars from time to time that the majority of our people are nointerested to familiarise themselves with our fundamental philosophy and culture. At the same time, it should also be observed that efforts to popularise our Vedantic philosophy in a manner intelligible to a large number of people are not forth-coming. One could well ask which should precede, the interest or the response to it? The uniqueness of human birth and its evolution after a mind-boggling cycle of births and deaths (evolution of human life is said to take place after undergoing 8,400,000 lives of various types of species) needs to be understood, besides the fact that if one does not utilise this life to overcome further births, one will slide back requiring millenniums for one to come back to human life. Kenopanishad puts it succinctly (2.5) that a havoc befalls those who do not make efforts to realise Brahman in this life itself (Mahatii Vinashatthi) .

present effort is, at best, meant to create an awareness and interest in the subject. It is not from a scholar to a layman - it is from one aspirant to another. All the same, efforts have been made to bring together all the salient aspects of Upanishads in a condensed manner in this small pocket edition - size is very important in keeping reader's interest alive right through.

The special feature in this book is an effort to highlight Sri Ramanuja's vast use of Upanishads for writing Sri Bhashya, Gita Bhashya and Vedartha Sangraha. It is hoped that at least a handful of readers will get interested to study bigger treatises on Upanishads with original in the language of their choice. In fact readers can choose anyone Upanishad for detailed study, if possible, with the help of a teacher, and move in the direction of the 'realisation of Brahman'.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Contents
Chapter I
Section 1 : Introduction
Prologue
i. Indian Philosophy - The Upanishads
ii. Time - Honoured Treasures - Our Spiritual Heritage
iii. Western Thinkers
iv. Standardising Vedas and Consolidating Upanishads
v. I Non-Vedic Schools Too Owe their Heritage to Upanishads
vi. Influence of Upanishads on Indian History and Culture
vii. The Spiritual Crisis
viii. The Level of Highest Excellence
ix. Book of Knowledge vs Book of Work
Section 2 : General Aspects
1. Upanishads - A Broad Definition
2. Message of Upanishads
3. The Number of Upanishads
4. Fixing the Age of Upanishads
5. Structuring of Upanishadic Texts
6. Classification of Upanishadic Texts
7. Upanishadic Personages
8. Problems Faced by Upanishadic Seers
9. Commentaries on Upanishads
10. Upanishadic Language - A Cryptic Glance
Section 3
1. Debut of Upanishads in the Western World
Section 4
1. Sample Leaves from the Upanishads
CHAPTER 11 : Dashopanishads - a brief Survey
1. Ishavasyopanishad
2. Kenopanishad
3. Mundakopamshad
4. Kathopanishad
5. Prashnopanishad
6. Aitareyopanishad
7. Maandukyopanishad
8. Taittireeyopanishad
9. Chandogyopanishad
10. Brihadaaranykopanishad

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Item Code: NAM677
Cover: Paperback
Edition: 2002
Publisher: A and K Prakashana
Language: English
Size: 7.5 inch X 5.0 inch
Pages: 128
Other Details: Weight of the Book: 90 gms