Books On The Upanishads and Vedanta

Books on Upanishads

Find here a list of selected books on on the translations of various upanishads, wisdom of the Upanishads and vedanta philosophy.

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Selected Upanishads: Selected Upanishads contains the most recent translations of 14 principal Upanishads, namely, Aitareya, Kausitaki, Kena, Taittariya, Isavasya, Katha, Mundaka, Mandukya, Prasna, Svetasvatara, Paingala, Kaivalya, Vajrasucika, and Jabala Upanishads, with explanatory notes and a fresh look at the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient Upanishads. All are edited and translated by Jayaram V, the founder President of and an author of 12 books which include the Awakened Life, Brahman, Introduction to Hinduism, The Complete Translation of the Bhagavadgita with commentary, Essays on the Bhagavadgita, and Think Success. This edition forms part of the translation of the 16 major Upanishads, including Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (published separately) by the same author. It includes introduction, original Sanskrit verses in transliterated Devanagary script, translation of each verse, explanatory notes, and bibliography.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: 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.

Chandogya Upanishad: The Chandogya Upanishad forms part of the Chandogya Brahmana of Samaveda. Out of the ten chapters of the Brahmana, the first two contain knowledge of sacrifices and methods of worship, while the last eight constitute the Chandogya Upanishad. Historically, it is one of the most ancient Upanishads and played a significant role in the emergence of the Vedanta Philosophy. It is believed that the Upanishad might be a collection of several independent texts that brought together in its current form to signify the ritual and spiritual significance of Saman chants. It is evident from the verses that the composers of the Upanishads, had specialized knowledge of Vedic rituals and excelled in the practice of singing the Samans. Hence they interpreted the knowledge of Brahman and Atman through the eyes of a Udgatri priest, who specialized in the knowledge of Samaveda. The Upanishad begins with the declaration that one should meditate upon Aum as the High Chant (Udgita).

Recommended Books

The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality) ~ Eknath Easwaran

The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal ~ Swami Prabhavanada

Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality ~ Amit Goswami

The Principal Upanishads: The Essential Philosophical Foundation of Hinduism (Sacred Wisdom) ~ David Frawley

The Upanishads (Penguin Classics) ~ Anonymous

Dialogue with Death: A Journey Through Consciousness ~ Eknath Easwaran

Eight Upanishads, with the Commentary of Sankara, Vol. II ~ Swami Gambhirananda

Jnana Yoga ~ Swami Vivekananda

Eight Upanishads, with the Commentary of ankara, Vol. I ~~ Swami Gambhirananda

The Upanishads, 1st US Edition /a>~~ Aurobindo

The Katha Upanishad (Sacred Wisdom) ~ Anonymous

The Pursuit of Power and Freedom: Katha Upanishad ~ Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Om the Eternal Witness: Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad ~ Swami Rama

The Principal Upanishads: Edited with Introduction, Translation and Notes. Pa. 2005 Reprint ~ S. Radhakrishnan

The Upanishads, Vol. I-IV (4 Volume Set) ~ Swami Nikhilananda

Christopher Isherwood Reads Selections from the Upanishads ~ Swami Prabhavananda & Frederick Manchester

The Principal Upanishads (Divine Conversation) ~ Alan Jacobs

The Upanishads ~ Alistair Shearer

Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita: The Three Branches of India's Life-Tree ~ Sri Chinmoy

The Supreme Knowledge: Revealed Through Vidyas in the Upanishads ~ Brahmananda

Ten Principal Upanishads (Faber Paper Covered Editions) ~ Shri Purohit

The Upanishads a One-volume Abridgment Translated and Edited By Swami Nikhilananda ~ Swami Nikhilananda

Kriya Yoga Upanishad & the Mystical Upanishads ~ Goswami Kriyananda

Brahman-Knowledge: An outline of the Philosophy of the Vedanta as Set Forth by the Upanishads and by Sankara ~ L.D. Barnett

Choice Upanishads ~ A. Parthasarathy

Philosophy of the Upanishads ~ Paul Deussen

Hindu Scriptures: Hymns from the Rigveda, Five Upanishads and The Bhagavadgita ~ Nicol Macnicol

Philosophy of the Upanishads ~ S.M. Srinivasa Chari


Wisdom Teachings from the Hindu Upanishads ~ Anantanand Rambachan

The Spirit of the Upanishads ~ Yogi Ramacharaka

Mundaka Upanishad With Commentary of Shankara ~ Swami Gambhirananda

Essence of the Upanishads ~ K. S. Krishna Moorthy

Isha Upanishad ~ Aurobindo

SACRED BOOKS OF THE EAST: Comprising Vedic Hymns, Zend-Avesta, Dhamapada, Upanishads, the Koran, and the Life of Buddha ~ Epiphanius Wilson

The Upanishads, Part 1 ~ F. Max Muller

Enlightenment Without God (Mandukya Upanishad) ~ Swami Rama

Retreat Into Eternity: An Upanishad Book Of Aphorisms ~ Swami Amar Jyoti

Upanishads ~ Swami Paramananda

The Upanishads, Part I of II (Forgotten Books)

The Theosophy Of The Upanishads ~ Theosophical Publishing Society

Yoga Chudamani Upanishad: Crown Jewel of Yoga ~ Swami Satyadharma

The Da Upanishad: The short discourses on self-renunciation, God-realization, and the illusion of relatedness ~ Da Free John

I Am That: Discourses On The Isa Upanishad ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The Thirteen Principal Upanishads: Translated from the Sanskrit: With an Outline of the Philosophy of the Upanishads ~ George C. O. Haas

The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal ~ Swami Prabhavananda

The Philosophy of the Upanishads ~ Aurobindo

The Principal Upanisads (Humanities Paperback Library) ~ S. Radhakrishnan


Book of wisdom (Kathopanishada) ~ Rama

The Upanishads, Taittiriya and Chhandogya ~ Swami Nikhilananda

Finger Pointing to the Moon: Discourses on the Adhyatma Upanishad ~ Osho

The Principal Upanishads ~ Swami Sivananda

A Second Chance : The Story of a Near-Death Experience ~ A. C. Prabhupada

The Upanishads: Katha, Isa, Kena, Mundaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Mandukya, Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya, and Chhandogya (One-volume abridgement) ~ Swami Nikhilananda

Upanishads: Katha, Isa, Kena, Mundaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Man ~ Swami Nikhilananda

The Path of Sri Ramana (Part One) ~ Sri Sadhu Om

Wisdom of the Ancient Sages: Mundaka Upanishad ~ Swami Rama

The Principal Upanishads ~ Swami Nikhilananda

The Upanishads ~ Swami Abhedananda

Nine Principal Upanishads ~ Satyananda Saraswati

The Upanishads : Breath of the Eternal ~ Swami Prabhavananda;

A Comparative History of World Philosophy: From Upanishads to Kant ~ Ben-Ami Scharfstein

Thirty Minor Upanishads (1914) ~ K. Narayanasvami Aiyar

The Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads [Part 2] [The Harvard Oriental Series, Vol. 32]

The message of the Rshis;: Studies in the Upanishads from the standpoint of a Christian reader (Indian Christian thought series) ~ Anjilvel V Matthew

The Religion of the Veda: the Ancient Religion of India: From Rig-Veda to Upanishads ~ Maurice Bloomfield

Upanishads, Gita, and Bible;: A comparative study of Hindu and Christian scriptures, (Harper torchbooks, TB 1660) ~ Edward Geoffrey Parrinder

Lessons On The Upanishads ~ Swami Krishnananda

The Upanishads V1 ~ Swami Paramananda

The Spirit Of The Upanishads ~ Yogi Ramacharaka

The Upanishads-part One ~ Sri Aurobindo

Sri Isopanisad: His Divine Grace ~ A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

A Concordance to the Principal Upanishads and Bhagavadgita ~ Colonel G.A. Jacob

Upanishads: Gateways of Knowledge ~ M.P. Pandit

Sri Ramakrishna upanishad ~ Chakravarti Rajagopalachari

All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads ~ Kumuda Reddy

Upanisads: The Vedic Bibles : Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasay/Commentaries ~ Lahiri Mahasay

Journey of the Upanishads to the West ~ Swami Tathagatananda

The Upanishads ~ Eknath Easwaran

Mandukya Upanishad ~ Swami Chinmayanda

The Thirteen Principal Upanishads, With An Outline Of The Philosophy Of The Upanishads (1921) ~ Robert Ernest Hume

Los Upanishad esenciales ~ Anonimo

Suresvara's Vartika on Purusavidha Brahmana Vol. 5 ~ K. P. Jog

The Upanishads ~ F. Max Muller

The Thirteen Principal Upanishads (Galaxy Books) ~ Robert Ernest Hume

Suresvara's Vartika on Udgitha Brahmana (Brhadaranyakopanisad 1.3) ~ K. P. Jog

Following the Teachings of the Upanishads ~ Eknath Easwaran

Upanishad and Islamic Mysticism ~ Intaj Malek

That Thou Art: The Wisdom of the Upanishads ~ R. Puligandla

Ganapati Upanishads ~ Tattvavidananda Saraswat Swami

The Call of the Upanishads ~ Rohit Mehta

The Upanishads / A New Translation / Four Vol. Set ~ Swami Nikhilananda

Philosophical Foundations of Hinduism ~ R. S. Misra

The Upanishads: Texts, Translations, and Commentaries ~ Sri Aurobindo

The Rajneesh upanishad: Talks given to the Rahneesh International University of Mysticism ~ Rajneesh

The Upanishads, Part II of II (Forgotten Books)

The Tattiriya Upanishad: with the Commentary of Sankaracharya ~ Sastry Mahadeva


The Upanishads Author: Eknath Easwaran;

The Upanishads Author: Anonymous;

The Upanishads Author: Alistair Shearer;

Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads

Jnana Yoga Author: Swami Vivekananda;

Dialogue With Death Author: Eknath Easwaran;

The Upanishads, Vol. I-IV Author: Swami Nikhilananda;

Ten Principal Upanishads Author: Shri Purohit;

Enlightenment Without God (Mandukya Upanishad)

Upanishad ,Katha Author: Swami Chinmayananda;

The Upanishads Author: Anonymous;

Yoga Chudamani Upanishad Author: Swami Satyadharma;

The Upanishads, Vol. 2 Author: W. Max Muller;

Wisdom of the Upanishads (Guidance from Sri Aurobindo)

The Principal Upanishads

The Upanishads, 1st US Edition Author: Aurobindo;

The Principal Upanishads Author: S. Radhakrishnan;

Kriya Yoga Unpanishad & Author: Goswami Kriyananda;

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad Author: Camille Svensson;


Philosophy of the Upanishads Author: Paul Deussen;

Subtler than the Subtle Author: Swami Veda Bharati;

The Tattiriya Upanishad

Wisdom of the Ancient Sages Author: Swami Rama;

The Upanishads - Breath of the Eternal Author: Swami Prabhavananda;

Journey of the Upanishads to the West Author: Tathagatananda;

The wisdom of the Hindus Author: Brian Brown;

Upanishads, Gita and Bible Author: Edward Geoffrey Parrinder;

Dialogue with death Author: Eknath Easwaran;

The Upanishads Author: Anonymous;

Retreat Into Eternity Author: Swami Amar Jyoti;

Nine Principal Upanishads Author: Satyananda Saraswati;

The Thirteen Principal Upanishads Author: George C. O. Haas;

The Principal Upanishads Author: Alan Jacobs;

Upanishad, Kaivalya Author: Swami Chinmayananda;

Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads, 2 ... Author: Arthur Berriedale Keith;

A Comparative History of World Philosophy Author: Ben-Ami Scharfstein;

That Thou Art Author: R. Puligandla;

Isha Upanishad Author: Aurobindo;

All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads

Following the Teachings of the Upanishads [AUDIOBOOK] [UNABRIDGED] by Eknath Easwaran

The Upanishads is a collection of Sri Aurobindo's final translations of and commentaries on every Upanishad or other Vedantic text he worked on. Upanishads are the ancient treatises on spiritual truths as envisioned by the seers, sages and rishis of the civilization of India. Index. The 18 verses of Isha Upanishad, which also appear in the Veda, were most dear to Sri Aurobindo in the sense that he has attempted several commentaries upon them in order to break free from the anomalies occuring in the received interpretations. In the process, he has audaciously ventured to disagree with many venerated masters and philosophical doctrines. Now that all these commentaries are available in one single volume, one should relish the delightful arguments and illumining explanations. (From the reviews available at

The Principal Upanishads (Hardcover) by Swami Sivananda There is no book in the whole world that is so thrilling, soul stirring and inspiring as the Upanishads. The philosophy taught by the Upanishads has been the source of solace for many both in east and the west. The Upanishads teach the philosophy of absolute unity.They contain the sublime truth of vedanta and practical hints and clues which throw much light on the pathway of self realisation. The author is a great Spiritual leader, a great spiritual teacher and also a great spiritual author of hundreds of books. One neeed to read his books to estimate his greatness.

The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal (Mass Market Paperback) by Swami Prabhavanada (Translator), Frederick Manchester (Translator). Years ago I picked up a translation of the Upanishads because I wanted to understand Vedanta. I read that translation and struggled through it. It wasn't particularly interesting and was often confusing. The commentaries were long, painful and boring. I felt disappointed. I thought the Upanishads and the Great Vedanta would be more powerful than this. I pursued other teachings. A few months ago I saw this little book and picked it up out of curiosity for some reason. I don't know why. I already had another copy of the Upanishads and didn't really care for it. But this little book hit me with much greater force. It was so significant. Yes the self, of course, yes..the self is one...The reading was so clear and powerful. I bought it immediately, brought it home, and compared it with the other translation. It's the translation that was the difference. It wasn't that I had suddenly matured and was now ready to hear this teaching because the other translation is still confusing to me. Not all translations are the same. What had been confusing to understand before, now became clear. Even if you don't agree with me that this translation is a good one, seek out various translations of the Upanishads and see which one is the clearest for you. Now, I truly believe the Upanishads are one of the most significant teachings this "World" has ever known. This translation has no commentary. It is so clear you don't need a commentary. It's also cheap and handy. With sacred texts from the past it pays to check out various translations and even formats for ease of reading and understanding.  (From the reviews available at

The Principal Upanishads by Swami Nikhilananda. The translation is both faithful and graceful, and the exposition is authentic, instructive, and attractive; they often shed new light on old concepts and bring out their significance in the perspective of modern Western thought."--S. J. Chatterjee, Philosophy East and West. This volume comprises the major Upanishads, regarded as the basis of the Vedanta philosophy and the outstanding contribution of Hindu thinkers to the philosophical thought of the world. A comprehensive glossary addresses the Sanskrit terms contained in this volume: prepared as a sort of Upanishadic dictionary, it provides a variety of meanings for each word, italicizing those especially pertinent to the Upanishadic texts. This abridged edition will be particularly useful for students in universities and theological seminaries where the Upanishads are studied in connection with comparative religion or world literature.

Eight Upanishads, with the Commentary of Sankara, Vol. I (Hardcover). Of all the translations I've read - and that's quite a few - this translation best reflects the structure, rhythym, and order of meaning as it exists in the original Sanskrit. So many translations "help" the original by straightening out statements, which sometimes makes them easier to understand on first encountering them, but in the end, hides the complexity and subtlety woven into the original. Gambhirananda's language, while not as accessible as some, is the "must have" if you want to study these Upanishads seriously.

Upanishads and the Bible by V. K. Subramanian  The spiritual visions and philosophical arguments of the Upanishad and the Bible are explored in this vast study of the abstract concepts of God. God, the bountiful creator; God, the comforter; God, the enjoyer; God, the omnipotent; and God, the truth, are a few of the concepts examined.

The Principal Upanishads: The Essential Philosophical Foundation of Hinduism (Sacred Wisdom) by David Frawley (Introduction), Alan Jacobs (Translator). Alan Jacobs has used free modern verse to convey the essential meaning and poetry of the original text, omitting Sanskrit words as much as possible and providing a clear, contemporary commentary.

Origins of Indian Psychology (Paperback) by N. Ross Reat A brilliant study examining the development of the ancient theoretical psychological thought in India, starting from the pre-Vedic period and its maturation up to the early Buddhist period. It outlines the concept of monism in the Vedas, the Vedic concept of afterlife, the Vedic concept of the human being, in terms of individual identity, vital faculties and the mental organs. It should be of enormous interest to the students of religious as well as modern psychology.

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