PREFACE IN the LONG history of man's endeavor to grasp the fundamental truths of being, the metaphysical tieatiscs known as the Upanishads1 hold an honored place. They represent the earnest efforts of the profound thinkers of early India to .solve the problems of the origin, the nature, and the destiny of man and of the universe, or-more technically-the meaning and value of ' knowing' and ' being.' Though they contain some fanciful ideas, naive speculations, and inadequate conclusions, yet they arc replete with sublime conceptions and u ith intuitions of universal truth.2 Here are found intimations of the inadequacy of mere nature-worship and of the falsity of an empty ceremonialism. Here are expie.ssed the momentous discoveries that the various gods of polytheistic belief are but numerous special manifestations of the One Power of the universe, and that the supreme object of worship is this variously revealed, paiti.'illy elusive, all-comprehending unitary Reality.) Still more
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CONTENTS; PREFC'E; RElLRK~ CONChRNJNG T[lE TRN"SLATION: ITS; lIETIl()l) ND ARRANGE! IENT; Ll~T OF AmHU!VIATIONS; AN OUTLINE OF TIlE PHILOSOPIlY OF TIlE; UPNISllA])S •; ]~RIIT1)-ARA1VAKA UPAN1SIIAD •; CIIAN DOG'''' A UPANISHAD; 'TlTTrRIYA UPANISHAD; l ITAHI':YA U PNISITAD; KAUSllITAKl UPANHiUAD; KENA UPANISIIAD; K~TIL UI'KISIIiI>; Is LTl'NISliAD; liJ:U];D'K U 1': NIf'I1AD •; PRASNA UPANISHAD; l'!;::-:OUKVA UPANISHAD; SVETA~VATARA UPANISIIAD; 11AITkI UPANISHAD; PAGE; vii; xu; xv; I; 73; 177; 275; 294; 302; 335; 34l; 362; 366; , 378; 391; 394; 412; A BIHl IOGRAI'IIY OF THE UPANISHADS,; SlEX • 50'); GENERAL INDEX • 514
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A timeless edition of a classic writing. Trustworthy translation and easy to navigate. Definitely a basic tool if a no-frills study is your objective.
Although Robert Ernest Hume's is an older translation, it still reads remarkably well and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to someone who wanted a substantial and authoritative text of the thirteen principal Upanishads.
What bothers me about this Forgotten Press edition, however, is that, whereas the revised Oxford 2nd edition which I have is 588 pages long and includes two useful indexes at the end of the book between pages 563-588, the product page of this edition states 'Paperback: 560 pages.'
Recently I purchased a digital reprint of another book and was more than disappointed to discover that the publisher had omitted the very important Bibliography which should have been at the end of the book. I now begin to wonder whether 'Forgotten Press' have made a similar error and have forgotten to include the indexes that should be at the end of this book.
The Hume translation, as I've already indicated, is well worth acquiring by anyone who...
Yeah, it's a scan and print, but the paper's quite crisp and print size is easy on the eye. Hume's 70 page introduction is an enjoyable read, liberally littered with his favourite quotations from the texts and still holds up well as an immediate, introductory access; it is a gentleman's reading of something hallowed, with no prissiness. The Upanishads themselves are spaciously laid out and not overburdened with footnotes, the translation style is light and mostly not problematic, though occasionally a tad Victorian - I'd prefer 'self' to 'soul' as a reading of Atman, for example [in fact, that's pretty major, innit?] So the ellisions and interpretations are those of a gentleman of his time, but, overall, it's a generous book, delivered in a generous spirit.
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