Monday, January 10, 2011


The Upanishads are Hindu scriptures that constitute the core teachings
of Vedanta. They form the Jnana-Kanda or the portions concerning
the knowledge/wisdom of the ultimate principle referred as Brahman.

The term Upanishad derives from upa- (nearby), ni- (at the proper
place, down) and sad, that is "sitting down near" a teacher
in order to receive instruction. The most important upanishads that
are commented by the founders all major schools of 'sanathana dharma'
are Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, Mandukya, Mundaka, Katha, Kena, Isa,
Aitareya, Taittiriya, Prasna and Svetasvatara Upanishads.

The Upanishads speak of a universal spirit (Brahman) and of an
individual soul (Atman),and assert the identity of both. Brahman
is the ultimate, both transcendent and immanent, the absolute infinite
existence, the sum total of all that ever is, was, or shall be.
The mystical nature and intense philosophical bent of the Upanishads
has led to their explication in numerous manners, giving birth to
three main schools (advaita, visishtadvaita and dwaita) of Vedanta.

Articles on Upanishads

Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada Karika

Secret of the Katha Upanishad - Nature of Brahma Vidya

Secret of the Katha Upanishad - Arise, Awake and Learn from the Wise

Secret of the Katha Upanishad - Sreyas Vs Preyas

The Secret of the Katha Upanishad

Tat Tvam Asi (That Thou Art) Teaching from Chandogya Upanishad

Summary of Vaishvanara Vidya from Chandogya Upanishad

The Self as the Universal Whole - Chandogya Upanishad

Vaishvanara, The Universal Self - Chandogya Upanishad

The Course of the Soul After Death - Chandogya Upanishad

The Panchagni-Vidya from Chadogya Upanishad

Significance of Chandogya Upanishad

Atman as the Pranava - Mandukya Upanishad

The Transcendent Presence - Mandukya Upanishad

Who is Isvara, the God of the Universe? - Mandukya Upanishad

Consciousness and Sleep - Mandukya Upanishad

Mystery of Dream and Sleep - Mandukya Upanishad

The Universal Vaisvanara - Mandukya Upanishad

The Individual and the Absolute - Mandukya Upanishad

Significance of Pranava or Omkara - Mandukya Upanishad

Mandukya Upanishad - Slokas, Translation and Summary

The Isavasya Upanishad - Summary - Part 2

The Isavasya Upanishad - Summary

What are Upanishads, Brahmanas, Samhitas and Aranyakas?


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