Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality (Wisdom of India)

By Eknath Easwaran

Through his interpretation of 1 very important Upanishad, an historic knowledge textual content, Eknath Easwaran exhibits how the undying Indian culture deals tips on the way to stay this present day. Lyrical, dramatic, and encouraging, the Katha Upanishad offers the center rules of Indian mysticism in a mythic tale all can relate to — the journey of a tender hero, Nachiketa, who passes into the dominion of demise looking for immortality. The King of dying assessments his get to the bottom of, however the teen stands company, tough solutions to the age-old questions, "What is the aim of existence? What occurs to me while I die?" dying emerges because the ideal religious consultant — direct, uncompromising, and not easy. Easwaran’s method of the Katha is either functional and common. He explains key Sanskrit phrases like karma and prana, illustrating them via daily anecdotes and enjoyable analogies whereas putting Indian spirituality into the wider context of global mysticism.

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