ESSENCE OF THE UPANISHADS EKNATH EASWARAN PDF

Most correspond to particular concepts from the Katha that are expounded by the author: 3. City of Eleven Gates. Unfortunately, however Gross and Subtle.

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Easwaran goes through the story of the Katha Upanishad in the first two chapters, with commentary and spiritual interpretation, which is more or less what I expected. Then the following 10 chapters seem to be his own representation of the spiritual path, without much reference back to the source text.

He briefly describes his meditation practice, but without any formal instruction. The goal of it seems to appear mostly as a contrast to our current state, and as a better way of living in this world, rather than taking us all the way to nirbikalpa samadhi and complete freedom from this world. That said, what he does, he does very well. His writing is fun and engaging, with lots of amusing personifications of mental qualities, etc.

At the end of the book is the complete I assume? Katha Upanishad, by itself. I think perhaps most of chapters did relate to verses in this section, but if so, I think it would have worked better to follow along more explicitly.

Some of the Upanishads are fanciful and metaphysical, while others seem more practical. After a full reading, it seems that the range of nature in writing was purposeful. After all, how else to appeal to so many people with varying tastes? The presence of talking animals and lore-filled tales have their place.

I have a feeling I will be reading this book many more times. Read this over a period of time, and it soaked in deeper. You might be wondering why I would rate such an epic collection of works, a basis for the Hindu and other South-Asian spiritual teachings, as a 4-star vs a 5-star review???? The Upanishads are not the easiest works to understand. Some are fanciful and storylike featuring talking animals! With re-reads over the years, perhaps I would rate this even more highly.

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