The Message of the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad (Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, English Translation and Commentary )

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Item Code: IDG934
Author: Swami Ranganathananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashrama
Language: Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, English Translation and Commentary
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 9788175052673
Pages: 740
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 760 gm
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The Upnisads are a class of literature unique for its theme, which has not been repeated thenceforth in the history of humankind. On the tree of Indian wisdom, says Paul Deussen, there is no fairer flower than the Upanisads, and no finer fruit than the Vedanta philosophy. This system grew out of the teachings of the Upanisads and was brought to its consummate form by the great Sankara. Every other system of thought that blossomed on the Indian soil directly or indirectly drew its inspiration from this eternal spring. It grapples with some of the most bafflings problems confronted by the human mind. The search for the Ultimate Truth reached its critical dimensions in the Upanisads where the human mind was forced to shed the last vestige of its tendency to conceptualize- and then the Truth glowed. From every sentence deep, original, and sublime thoughts arise…. In the whole world there is no study…so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanisads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death, said Schopenhauer.

Among all the Upanisads, the Brhadaranyaka has a distinctive mark for the vastness and profundity of its approaches to the riddle of life and existence. The most Abstract truth is herein set against a humane backdrop, and a dispassionate and gearless search for its is instituted by brilliant minds. Every zealously guarded belief passes the fire-test of scientific enquiry. And if there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanisad, bursting like a bombshell upon the masses of ignorance, it is the word fearlessness, said Swami Vivekananda. Conforming to this general tune of the Upanisads, in the climactic scene of the Brhadaranyak we find that great sage Yajnavalkya make the Emperor Janaka attain that supreme state of fearlessness. The beauty of this Upanisads lies in its sublime majesty of thought and exhaustiveness, which makes it truly 'The Great Forest Book' unraveling the mystery enshrouding man and his universe, and hence, of timeless relevance.

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The words of the Upanisads are great music, the tunes of Which have the power to fascinate the hearts of all sensitive people, century after century. Every one who studies the Upanisads reverently, and in a seeking mood, will realize for himself or herself the charm of their deep, profound utterances couched in language, direct and deep, poetic and sublime. A spiritual seeker who reads the Upanisads will feet that is very close to his life and destiny, a reality which is in himself as well as in the world outside, the deep pulsations of that reality have been caught up in the beautiful music of the Upanisads.




Relevance of the Upanisads in the age of Science 11
Chapter One
A Universal Prayer 35
Concept of Man and Woman 37
Creation and Evolution 40
Mind-Brain Enigma 57
Love- Its True Focus 63
Knower of Brahman Becomes Brahman 67
Freedom form Slavery to Gods 75
Dharma and Social Health 90
Mind- Does it Exist 101
Vak 106
Prana-the Unit Cosmic Energy 107
Search for the Missing Self 110
Name- Form-Process and Brahman 114
Chapter Two
Apara-vidya sans Para-vidya- Its Dangers 121
Gargya Balaki Ajatasatru Dialogue 123
Depth Psychology and Sleep 132
Deep Sleep 142
Dream 144
Deep Sleep 146
Satyasya Satyam 150
Limitations of Logic 170
Freedom 188
Importance of Sankaracarya's Commentary 193
The Relative Universe 195
Introduction to the Yajnavalkya Maitreyi Dialogue 213
Goal of Evolution- Biological View vis-à-vis the vedantic 214
Yajnanalkya- Maitreyi Dialogue 236
Love Its True Focus 242
Creation 263
Dissolution 267
Brahman, Image Worship and Religions 294
Madhu-Brahmana 301
The Line of Teachers 326
Chapter Three
In the Court of Janaka 328
Yajnavalkya- Artabhaga Dialogue 334
Death of Death 339
The Theory of Karma 350
Introduction to Yajnavalkya Bhujyu Dialogue 354
Yajnavalkya Bhujyu Dialogue 361
Yajnavalkya- Usasta Dialogue 365
Conceptual vis-à-vis Experiential God 371
Vision-Eternal and Transitory 393
Yajnavalkya-Kahola Dialogue 395
The Psychology of Desire 401
The Conduct of a Knower of Brahman 408
Brahman- one only without a Second 410
Freedom 414
Yajnavalkya-Gargi Dialogue 419
Hiranyagarbha vis-à-vis Singularity 424
Yajnavalkya- Uddalaka Dialogue 427
The Sutra 433
Antaryami, the inner Ruler 435
Three Profound Expressions 443
Yajnavalkya Gargi Dialogue 446
Akasa and space time Continuum 467
Sruti and Smrti 469
Who is a Brahmana 473
Discrimination between the Subject and the Object 483
Yjnavalkya-sakalya Dialogue 491
The concept of Gods, goddess and God 492
Maya 501
Chapter Four
Yajnavalkya- Janaka Dialogue 510
Fearlessness 512
The Methodology of the Three States 517
Reasoning and Self-realization 533
Devaluation of Heaven in Vedanta 541
Is there a Self apart from the Body 545
Which is the Self 571
Ananda 632
Death, Rebirth and Liberation 639
Yajnavalkya Maitreyi Dialogue 697
Chapter Five
Da, Das, Da 713
Conclusion 721
Index 735

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