About the Book
The Upanishads are a great mine of strength for leading a tension-free and peaceful life. Today, most of us feel a lot of turmoil and tensions due to an overemphasis by leading a materialistic style of living. Meditation (Upasana) and looking into our pure consciousness and the Divine sitting inside us, has been forgotten altogether. Hence, the need for 'going back to Upanishads' has become quite relevant to be imbibed.
There is also a growing urge in us to realize our 'true self,' keenly feeling the need to make our knowledge flow into wisdom, and a yearning to know about the infinite and the eternal inspires us.
The Upanishads form the core of Indian philosophy - a fantastic collection of writings, aptly described by Shri Aurobindo as "the supreme work of the Indian mind". The Upanishads are summits of thought on humanity and the universe.
The Upanishads asks a man to cultivate righteousness (dharma) and to enjoy wealth (artha) and seek pleasures (kama), but with a sense of detachment. Meditation on OM and enquiry into our inner divine Self are some of the essentials of the Upanisads. Eleven Major Upanisads have been covered by Mr. Ved Bhatia in a lucid easy comprehensible style.
About the Author
Mr. Ved Bhatia, MBA (HRM) is a Life Member of the NIPM (National Instituted of Personnel Management), Kolkata. HRD and research in Ethical Values have been his niche areas of interest. His maiden attempt in Ethical and Spiritual Values in Indian Scriptures has a welcome response with the salient comments and has since come out in International versions of E-book, Kindle, Paperback formats as well. Post-retirement from Group `A' post in GOI, where he performed a full range of P & A functions. Mr. Bhatia has worked as a visiting management faculty to engineering and MBA students. Many of his articles were published in the reputed International Vedic Science Journal (www.vedicscience.net). He has been one of the Founder members of the Sr. Citizen Forum, the Close South Nirvana, Gurugram and presently it’s Patron.
It is a matter of great pleasure that Mr. Ved Bhatia, who is a sincere student of ancient Indian literature, has ventured to demystify the Upanisads for younger generation. He is a scholar in the true sense having already published "Ethical and Spiritual Values in Indian Scriptures" last year. Mr. Bhatia came into my contact while visiting JL Nehru PG Government College, Faridabad to deliver lectures to MBA students as a Visiting Faculty. He evinced keen interest in research on ethical values and some of his articles were published in the Internationally acclaimed Vedic Science Journal (www.vedicscience.net). Mr. Bhatia was also later included in the Editorial Board of the Journal.
Mr. Bhatia has been consistently working and producing works of great significance on Indian philosophy and Dharma. His new book `Demystifying Upanishads' is an eye opener and fulfils the ardent need of the hour. Upanishads are the most venerated literature of the world. They have been the source of inspiration for various scholars from different parts of the globe. To quote a few, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), one of the greatest German philosophers and writers says, `In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, and it will be the solace of my death. They are the product of the highest wisdom.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), a great American poet, philosopher, critic and recipient of Nobel Prize in 1948 comments, 'Indian philosopher's subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like school boys. 'William Butler Yeats (1856-1939), a great Irish poet, dramatist, essayist and Nobel Laureate speaks, 'It was only my first meeting with the Indian philosophy that confirmed my vague speculations and seemed at once logical and boundless.
Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961) had no choice but to state, 'In all world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction... The only solution to this conflict in so far as any is available to us at all lies in the ancient wisdom of the Upanishad.
In the present academic pursuit, Mr. Bhatia has also delved deep and tried to pluck out many gems from Vedic ethics and values contained in Upanishads which were lying untapped and unutilized. In the present times, when the whole world is grappling with a moral crisis, the social and political fabric has completely shattered and human values are on degradation, Mr. Bhatia's work will prove to be of great help to ensure the survival of the humanity at large. His praise-worthy work confirms beyond any iota of doubt that only the right values enshrined in the Upanishads can give modern humanity an appropriate direction to lead a more peaceful, stress-free, harmonious and really progressive life.
The Upanishads preach a gospel which asks a man to cultivate righteousness (Dharma) and to enjoy wealth (Artha) and seek pleasures (Kama), but with a sense of detachment. They lay the foundation of an enduring society whose welfare depends upon the cooperation of all beings: superhuman, human, and subhuman. They ask all human beings seeking material happiness to enter into society, and at last guide them the path to transcend real peace and freedom.
The learned author has divided the entire work into 12 chapters starting with Introduction to the first chapter, rest of the 11 chapters have been dedicated to one each of the eleven major Upanishads, viz. the Isa, Kena, Prasana, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukiya, Taittarya, Aitareya, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, and Svetasvatara. This study is equally beneficial to both learned and younger generation. I recommend this work to all those who have an inquisitive mind and relish the study of Upanishads. Hope this work will be liked and praised by all those who aspire the study of ancient Indian literature to comprehend their core aspects for being imbibed to lead a stress free life and beyond.
Hope, some of the esteemed learned readers have come across my book "Ethical and Spiritual Values in Indian Scriptures" published (July, 2016) by Notion Press, Chennai. It has been a treasure trove of gems of ethical values spread in its nine Chapters, including Vedic Ethics and Values, Ethical Values in Manusamriti, Human Values from Bhagavad-Gita..., Ethical Values from Viduraniti, Chanakya's Nitisastra, Twenty six Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker from Bhagavad-Gita, Ethical Values from Thirukkural, Sankara's Crest Jewel of Wisdom (Viveka Choodamani), and Ethical Values from Isha Upanisad. This book has welcome response with salient comments and has since come out in International versions in E-book, Kindle, Paperback formats as well. Encouraged by the response, presently venturing into a very relevant and related niche area covering "The Upanishad-s Demystified."
Very early in the development of the Indian civilization, the man became aware of a strange new field of human experience - inner nature as revealed in man, and in his consciousness and his ego. The Upanishads gave a permanent orientation to Indian culture by their emphasis on inner penetration and their whole - hearted advocacy of what the Greeks later formulated in the dictum "man, know thyself" Today, we are keenly feeling the need to understand ourselves and to know about the infinite and the eternal. In this background of modern thought and aspirations, the contributions of the Upanishads to the human cultural legacy have become very significant.
Indian culture has a rich spiritual heritage deeply rooted in Dharma signifying ethical values. The Upanishads elaborating dharma represent a great chapter in the history of the human spirit and have dominated Indian philosophy, religion and life for over three thousand years. They have helped many generations of men to formulate their vi