The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, English Translation by Jayaram V

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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ISBN/SKU: 1935760076
ISBN Complete: 978-1-935760-07-8
Book Type: B&W 6.0 x 9.0 in Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam
Page Count: 206
Edition: First
Yr. of Pub.: 2013
Printed in: USA
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Brihadaranyaka Upanishad means the Secret Teachings of the Great Forest Book. It is one of the largest and the oldest Upanishads, with three divisions, 6 chapters, 47 sections and 427 verses, larger than the Bhagavadgita, with long passages, esoteric symbolism, and backed by a long lineage of ancient teachers. In the last few thousand years only a handful of people translated this Upanishad entirely. This is probably the most recent translation of the Upanishad in this century. This new translation brings out the mystic symbolism and the hidden significance of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, and provides insight into the very fundamental concepts that are now an integral part of Hinduism and the Vedanta Philosophy. This edition includes introduction, original Sanskrit verses in transliterated Devanagari script, translation of each verse, explanatory notes, and bibliography. This edition forms part of the translation of the 16 major Upanishads by Jayaram V.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad means the Secret Teachings of the Great Forest Book. It is one of the largest and the oldest Upanishads, with three divisions, 6 chapters, 47 sections and 427 verses, larger than the Bhagavadgita, with long passages, esoteric symbolism, and backed by a long lineage of ancient teachers. In the last few thousand years only a handful of people translated this Upanishad entirely. This is probably the most recent translation of the Upanishad in this century. This new translation brings out the mystic symbolism and the hidden significance of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, and provides insight into the very fundamental concepts that are now an integral part of Hinduism and the Vedanta Philosophy. This edition includes introduction, original Sanskrit verses in transliterated Devanagari script, translation of each verse, explanatory notes, and bibliography. This edition forms part of the translation of the 16 major Upanishads by Jayaram V

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is one of the largest, oldest and the most comprehensive Upanishads found in the Vedas. In terms of its size and the work involved to translate it, it is larger than the Bhagavadgita, but smaller than the Chandogya Upanishad. No translation of the Upanishads is complete without the translations of these two Upanishads. They contain within them-selves much of what the Upanishads represent. If you are interested in Hinduism and want to know its early development, a critical study of this scripture is neces-sary and helpful. The Upanishad contains references to early Vedic practices, such as the horse sacrifice and procreation cer-emonies, knowledge of Brahman and Self, nature of creation, constitution of the human personality, importance of food and breath, father-to-son transmission ceremony, nature of sleep, and afterlife. Whoever reads it is presented with the vision of the human body as an universe in itself, and the hidden presence of Brahman in the sweetness (honey) of life.

The Upanishad also brings to light the greatness of sage Yajnavalkya, Ajatasatru, Janaka and Pavahana Jaivali, undoubt-edly the greatest seers of their times and some of the best teachers Hinduism has ever produced. A unique conversation between Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyi, presented twice with minor variations, stands in sharp contrast to the values we practice today in our relationships and our attitude towards life and the world in general. This translation, like every other translation I have done before, had been an exercise in contemplation and self-study of Hinduism. I have been benefited by the exercise and I intend to share my knowledge with others.

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Book Contents

Author's Note - Introduction - Chapter 1 - The Symbolism of Horse Sacrifice - Creation and Separation of Worlds and Beings - Gods and Demons and the Superiority of Breath - Creation of Duality and Diversity - Seven Types of Food Created by Prajapati - Name, Form and Action, The Threefold Diversity - Chapter 2 - The Right and Wrong Knowledge of Brahman - Breath and Other Deities in the Body - The Two Forms of Brahman - A Conversation Between Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi - The Sweetness of God Inherent in Creation - The Line of Teachers and Students - Chapter 3 - Yajnavalkya on Sacrificial Rites - Yajnavalkya on Senses and Sense Objects - Yajnavalkya on Where Horse Sacrificers Go - Yajnavalkya on the Unknowability of Self - Yajnavalkya on Renunciation and Liberation - Yajnavalkya on the Worlds and Their Support - Yajnavalkya on the Inner Controller - Yajnavalkya on Imperishable, Unseen Brahman - Yajnavalkya on Many Gods and One God - Chapter 4 - Yajnavalkya on Partial Definitions of Brahman - Yajnavalkya on the Person in the Body - Yajnavalkya on the Light Within - The Fate of the Departing Souls - Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi - The Line of Teachers and Students - Chapter 5 - Invocation to Brahman, the Full - Prajapati's Advice to Gods, Humans and Demons - Brahman as Hrdayam - The Heart - Brahman as the True - Brahman as Satyam - the Truth - Brahman as the Person in the Mind - Brahman as the Lightning - Speech Symbolized as the Cow - The Digestive Fire Within the Body - The Journey of Souls Upon Death - Death and Illness as Austerities - The Interconnection Between Food and Breath - Breath as Ukta, the Hymn of Praise - The Four Feet of Gayatri - Prayer to Pusan and Agni by a Dying Person - Chapter 6 - Breath is Superior to the Organs of the Body - The Path of Gods and the Path of Ancestors - A Sacrifice for Greatness and Prosperity - Sexual Intercourse as a Sacrifice - The Line of Teachers and Students - Bibliography - Cover Page Symbolism.

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