The Wisdom of the Upanishads: Series-(1)

🌌 Embark on a Journey of Ancient Wisdom: ‘The Ten Principal Upanishads’ Series 🌌

Greetings, fellow seekers of knowledge!

📚 I am thrilled to introduce you to a captivating journey where we’ll explore the depths of ancient wisdom through ‘The Ten Principal Upanishads’ series – a compilation that will soon come together as an enriching book. 

Need your blessings to publish the book. “Title: Unveiling the Wisdom of the Upanishads: A Journey to Self-Realization

🕉️ Together, we’ll unravel the mysteries that have intrigued minds for centuries, delving into the very essence of existence and consciousness. These texts are more than words; they are keys to unlock profound insights about our world and our place within it. So, join me on this enlightening expedition, as we venture into the heart of these sacred teachings. Get ready for a transformative experience!

Within my series of posts, prepare to witness an awe-inspiring fusion where the realms of Vedanta, Cosmology, and Quantum Physics entwine in a symphony of profound revelations.

Upanishads: A Journey to Self-Realization 


Salient features on Upanishads:

  • Upanishad = Upa + Nishad: Spiritual knowledge obtained by disciples sitting near or at the feet of The Guru [ means the Teacher].
  • Scholar says that Upanishads were composed during 4000-5000 BC. Some says: 2000-14000BC.
  • Nowhere it is mentioned about any author n the Upanishads. No date of origin can be fixed.
  • Teachings were imparted in stillness, noise free environment like forests where tranquillity cannot be disturbed. Those Upanishads are known as Aranyaka and these were specially intended for Vanaprastha.
  • Teachings were transmitted orally and hence called as “SRUTI”.
  • Value of Upanishad for Mankind is for all time, all places and all ages. Lessons in Scriptures are very practical and applicable for modern world as it was for Indo-Aryan period.
  • Upanishads were transported to western countries initially through Persian translation [1700 AD].
  • French scholar Anquetil Duperron brought a copy of manuscript from Persia to France. Later on, it was translated in French and Latin.
  • First English translation was made by Raja Ram Mohan Roy. [1775-1833].
  • Every Upanishad begins with a Peace mantra. (shanti path).
  • There are 108 Upanishads. Among them 10 Upanishads are considered as Principal Upanishads.
  • Who Am I? What is this, Universe? Whence and how we are born? What is mortality or Immortality? What is Atman or Brahman? What is liberation (from cycle of birth)? What is death? All questions have answers in Upanishads. 

   Upanishads as a repository of ancient wisdom: 

The Upanishads, often referred to as the “Vedanta” or the culmination of Vedic thought, stand as timeless pillars of ancient wisdom. Rooted in the spiritual tapestry of ancient India, these profound texts delve into the deepest realms of human existence, transcending mere rituals and beliefs. The word “Upanishad” itself translates to “sitting down near,” symbolizing the intimate teacher-student relationship that characterizes their transmission. 

In the heart of the Upanishads lies a quest for the ultimate truth that transcends the transient world. These texts are not just repositories of knowledge but living guides to understanding the nature of reality, the self, and the Absolute. Across the centuries, they have illuminated the minds of seekers, philosophers, and spiritual aspirants, leaving an indelible mark on the intellectual and spiritual landscape of humanity. 

The importance of understanding the Upanishads’ teachings in the modern world: 

In an age of rapid technological advancements and ever-evolving societies, the teachings of the Upanishads resonate more profoundly than ever. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, where material pursuits often take precedence, the Upanishads offer a sanctuary of timeless wisdom that reminds us of our true purpose. 

Understanding the Upanishads is not a mere exercise in historical exploration but a profound opportunity to connect with the very essence of our being. These teachings invite us to go beyond the surface and seek answers to questions that have lingered in human consciousness for millennia. In a world rife with uncertainties and complexities, the Upanishads provide a steady compass, guiding us towards inner peace, self-discovery, and a harmonious relationship with the world around us. 

The universal relevance of the Upanishads’ insights: 

The teachings of the Upanishads are not confined by time, culture, or geography. Their insights transcend the boundaries of tradition and speak to the universal human experience. The themes woven into the fabric of these texts—such as the nature of reality, the Self, and the Absolute, known as “Brahman”—are questions that have stirred the hearts and minds of people across cultures and eras. 

The Upanishads remind us that our shared humanity is rooted in the quest for understanding the fundamental truths of existence. Their insights have the power to bridge gaps between different worldviews, fostering a sense of unity among diverse individuals. By unravelling the layers of symbolism and metaphor, readers from all walks of life can find common ground in their pursuit of meaning and purpose. 

In an increasingly interconnected world, the Upanishads beckon to us as a source of profound wisdom that transcends divisions. Their teachings serve as a guiding light, leading us towards self-realization and a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life. 

What is Advaita Vedanta [Non-Duality]?

All answers will be in the next series of posts.

Lord of Death ” Yama “ explained the reality through conversations between them. That is the Essence of Katha Upanishad.

Published by

Arun Singha

Retired from AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA as Dy. General Manager (CNS).BSc(Mathematics Honors). Age 60years. Studying ancient Indian Philosophy along with modern physics and modern Biology. Follow Dr. Bruce H Lipton, Dr. JOE DISPENJA , Gregg Braden and Swami Sarvapriyananda among others. Writing consolidated articles on Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta and other ancient Indian Texts. Wish to work for the society to help people through personal guidance, motivation. Self has work experience of 36 years in the field of Air Navigation Service at different Airports in India. Gained vast experience in handling man and machine. Would like to reach to the people to share my life experiences, how I had overcome great challenges and difficulties at different times and positions.

21 thoughts on “The Wisdom of the Upanishads: Series-(1)”

  1. Hello Arun. 🌞 It will be very interesting to consistently get acquainted with the essence of the teachings of the Upanishads in your interpretation. Questions are raised that concern any person. Looking forward to the next post.
    Have a nice week. 🤗 Best regards, Olga

    1. Thank you so much Olga for giving me confidence.
      I have the text ready almost.
      Before publishing the book, I wish to share it in a series.
      Please read and share your thoughts and feedback. Take care always.
      Have a blissful week 😊 Regards

      1. Hello Arun. It’s a very good idea to divide all the material into parts.🌞🌞🌞 It is easier to align each part, edit, structure in parts and as a whole.
        It will be interesting. 🙌
        By the way, you probably accidentally missed my review of the city of the future. It seems to me that this idea is very correct, but I still do not understand the ways of its implementation in our time. In our country, this is not yet very possible.
        Good evening!🌃🏙🌅 Best regards, Olga

        1. I will read your review.
          Maybe I have missed it.
          Thank you so much for your reply and suggestions.
          Let us all wish to have a wonderful world 🌎
          First of all we should have honest and sincere wishes.
          Then planning for improvement.
          Finally actions.
          I hope human beings will do it for their survival.
          Best wishes Olga 😊 🙏
          Take care always.

          1. Agree. 👏 First, it would be good to change the mind. Then real changes in life are possible.
            Thanks for the detailed explanations.
            I wish you good dreams! 😴 Olga

  2. Wonderfully articulated Sir, agreat share. This writeup on the Upanishads beautifully captures the essence of these ancient philosophical texts. The Upanishads delve into the depths of human existence, exploring the nature of reality, the self, and the ultimate purpose of life. They serve as a timeless source of wisdom, guiding us to look beyond the material world and seek a deeper understanding of our place in the universe. Your insightful writeup truly captures the profound teachings and spiritual insights that the Upanishads offer. ❤🥰🙏🙏

    1. Thank you so much Suma for your support and encouragement 💗
      I am inspired by your reply 😊
      My texts are almost finalized.
      Before publishing in a book, I will publish the texts in a series.
      Need your continuous support 🙏

  3. “inner peace, self-discovery, and a harmonious relationship with the world around us.”
    Yes, I regard this as very important!
    Thank you for this post, dear Arun. 🙂
    Sincerely, Uta Hannemann ❤

    1. Thank you so much for your support and feedback 🙏
      Will publish in series before publishing all in a book.
      Thank you so much for your lovely words.
      My kind regards 🙏❤️
      Stay safe and healthy ❤️
      God bless you always 👍

  4. This was a very interesting post. I’m always wary of books that claim to give all the answers… especially when the answer is often technology these days. Bliss and awe, numinous experience has been part of human lives for ever. There’s even some evidence that it’s part of mammals lives. I thoroughly enjoyed thinking about your post 🙂 Gill.

    1. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement in this subject which is not very popular.
      But Upanishads contain the highest knowledge. The Absolute Self, the Infinity, Intelligence unified field, Divine Matrix and so on. Lot many names. But It is One.
      Thank you so much for reading my post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Kind regards 🙏

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