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  • Essence of the Upanishads

  • A Key to Indian Spirituality
  • Written by: Eknath Easwaran
  • Narrated by: Paul Bazely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (339 ratings)

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Essence of the Upanishads

Written by: Eknath Easwaran
Narrated by: Paul Bazely
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The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality.

But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?”

Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. His translation of The Upanishads is the best-selling edition in English.

For students of philosophy and of Indian spirituality, and readers of wisdom literature everywhere, Easwaran’s interpretation of this classic helps us in our own quest into the meaning of our lives.

©2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2017 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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The narration lacks the Indian touch

the content was of course the best since it's from the Upanishads but then the narration, though very neat, lacked that Indian touch which would have made this experience even more solid!

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The ken of Kathopanishad

The subject of the purpose of life and the deeper questions related to death comes to each one of us at some point or the other. Eknath Easwaran has expounded the practical application of the Katha Upanishad in a lively manner, based on his own first hand experience, which he lived through out his life. The dialogue between the young boy Nachiketa and Yama, the god of death, has been related to everyday life and how we can progress on the path to ultimately get out of the cycle of birth and death. Paul Beasley has brought the dialogue live in a befitting manner. A pleasure to listen to it on Audible.

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Loved it!

The narrator was great, he really grasped me into the text. The content was just what I needed to move onto the next level of development. I'm really grateful I found this book when I did. My heartfelt gratitude to Eknath and all those who helped in publishing this book.

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loved it!

A wonderful audiobook. I'll keep returning to the different chapters from time to time.
Go for it, literally and figuratively, with your eyes closed!

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Good spiritual book lost in narration

Good spiritual book lost in narration. why can't you get an Indian speaker to narrate Indian spiritual books

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A great start into the journey of Upanishads.

information Very well simplified and presented by the author.

An epic discussion between Nachiketa and Yama about the real truth which has a great potential to transform one self who is seeking and is willing to transform. Eknath ji also shares his experience which is very easily connectable and resonates the confusion that arise in our journey of seeking.

Thanks Eknath Eswari, Paul Bazely and Audible

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Good book

Good for the one looking forward to control mind, desire. I loved but it could be made little more simple

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must read. lot to take away from the book.

absolutely amazing book, a great story from Katha Upanishad and the author does a really good job in explaining the Upanishad and the orator does a very good job of narrating it so well. overall a must read (oops, I meant must listen)

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A beautiful journey inwards

Mr.Easwaran's guided understanding of the Katha Upanishad is so nuanced and yet so elegantly and simply conveyed. There's a lot to unfold

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Good Introduction to Upanishads

A great book to start off your journey on understanding the Upanishads. This book gives you a sweeping overview of the spiritual texts. With contemporary examples the author does a great job of contextualizing the text to the present time. This is a book which can we re-read again and again. One cannot 'review' such books.

I did have an issue with the narration though. I wish it was an Indian voice who would have known the correct pronunciations of the Sanskrit words. But I guess this was meant for Western audiences and hence maybe that objective drove the choice of the narrator.

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  • Eric
  • 26-03-18

Not a Summary

The content of the book, writing style, and narrators performance are all 5 stars; it’s really profound and inspiring. However, it far from summarizes the Upanishads, but more just explores the general ideas. The only thing i disliked was how often the author talked about christian religious, citing jesus and other christian/Catholic spiritual people. I understand why the author did this, but would have preferred a less comparative approach and a stricter focus on the title content. I was hoping to learn about the Upanishads within the historical context and get an understanding of the content of the text, but this book does not provide either. Still, the ideas are so well communicated and impactful this book is easily 5 stars all around and I am grateful the author created it.

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  • SamG
  • 02-09-17

So much wisdom.

Loved it, good narration. Will listen over and over. I have owned it for a couple of months and have listened to it twice already.

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  • nydr
  • 18-04-18

Profound & Timeless

Listened to this audio book after Easwaran’s other books (The Bhagavad Gita & Passage Meditation). Once again Paul Bazely’s narration is lively and brings out the meaning wonderfully. Highly recommend this book for those who have begun or trying embark on a journey of meditation.

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  • blueberryd
  • 16-02-18

WONDERFUL

Wonderful synthesis of one of the Upanishads. Bazely is THE best narrator on audible in my opinion! i’ve already recommended this audiobook to 2 people! Passage Meditation by same author and narrator is my next read.

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  • SEED7ROBI
  • 06-08-17

beautiful will listen to over and over

I can listen to meditating I can listen to sleeping I can listen to walking meditation I can listen to awake beautiful. ONENESS RESPECT.🙏

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  • Christopher Shankara
  • 04-06-17

One of the greatest scriptures ever given to man

Elucidated with broad knowledge. He brings the scripture alive for modern man with humor and eloquent use of language...a true devotee, a jnani. The voice of narration is excellent. Avail yourself!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

Tansformative!!

Took me to a differnt world of realization. That which reveals - tranforms. Must read.

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  • P N Pillai
  • 12-11-17

Simple Laws of Life

to know the explanation of life it's seemingly complex web of repeating thoughts and what death teaches and help us re-establish so we may learn

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  • Rahul Yadav
  • 20-04-20

Life Changing

Wisdom of Upanishads cannot be doubted. Eashwaran's translation is simple to understand. The narrator has done a great job. Absolute Bliss !!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-12-17

It's all connected. We are all connected

An excellent, very clear, insightful and inspiring presentation of the core teachings of a global spiritual classic. Highly recommended!

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  • Dezza
  • 21-08-17

Commentry on the Upanishads rather than the story

Any additional comments?

I got this book wanting to listen to the Upanishads - It starts off with the story and gives interpretation which is useful, however the interpretation then seemed to take up the majority of sections rather than focusing on the story. This is where it was probably my mistake with the title 'Essence of...' as the book takes the essence of the teachings and explains them. I only listened to 6 chapters so cannot comment on the book as a whole but as I wanted to hear the original teachings I will seek another source and this book was not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-17

Loved this book

This book is a great insight into Hindu culture. The first chapter had me hooked, I also enjoyed the voice of the narrator. The style that the book is written in makes it very easy to understand. I recommend this book and will listen to it again I am sure.

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  • Mirrodin
  • 30-07-18

Powerful. Critical. Judgemental. Deep. Shallow.

The headline sums it up. You can't really go wrong with the Unpanishads but you can with someone else's reading of them.

The author, which one I'm not sure, makes powerful and deep revelations and simultaneously misses deeper perceptions.

Still an enjoyable listen.

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  • Tarun
  • 16-04-18

Only general commentary by the author

What disappointed you about Essence of the Upanishads?

i have read some interpretations and I also studied 12 years in a Vedic school. Howevever, this particular way of commentary on Upanishads felt derogatory to me. I did not get any knowledge of Upanishads from this book. But, I got to know a lot about the frustration of the author with the world that we live in.

This is definitely not a book to be read by someone who respects Upanishads and want to learn more about the oldest philosophy on this planet.

this can be taken as a good self-help book based on just the Author`s state of mind.

Regards,

Would you ever listen to anything by Eknath Easwaran again?

na

How did the narrator detract from the book?

don`t know

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Essence of the Upanishads?

all the commentary which is 99% of the book.

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  • Miss Kelly J Oram
  • 22-03-18

I love this book. I have listened 3 times now!

An excellent listen on every level. I have listened 3 t8mea now and each listen was like the first. I know it is one I will come back to time and again. So much wisdom so beautifully shared .

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  • Riya
  • 26-12-18

Essential view of enlightenment

Through the impenetrable verses of Kata upanishad Eknath Easwaran lays out the map to self realisation. Anecdotal, entertaining, challenging, inspiring narration of a journey every human being should know about and take upon. It sums up everything Eknath Easwaran as the guru of modern times would want to tell us. Last two chapters stores the literal translation of the original work whose compactness fails most humans unpack it there much needed commentary in the previous 26 chapters.

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  • Nik
  • 07-06-23

Incredibly interesting & useful

I would say it us essential to listen to this audio if you are interested in personal growth or even something deeper

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

Incredible

The teachings in this audiobook had a profound effect on my spiritual journey, highly recommended along with the other two texts by this author.

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  • Willie
  • 26-08-21

Decent translation with lengthy paraphrase

Translation at the end was good, the commentary strayed off the topic at times and was more like a very loose paraphrase.

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  • Linda Thorpe
  • 25-07-21

Upanishads

Deep, beautiful and mind opening narrative translated with full understanding and read with great clarity .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-18

Excellent messages from the Upanishads

This is really a dissertation on the teachings of the Upanishads. It doesn't reproduce the Upanishads to any degree but passes on the messages beautifully.

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  • raz
  • 13-02-18

Beautiful book

Very deep beautiful book beautifully narrated full of spiritual insights very easy to understand but hard to apply

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-23

Listen, absorb and practice.

Great essence of the most thoughtful scriptures ever created - Upanishads.
Listen, absorb and practice.
Highly recommended.

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