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Upanishads are mankind's oldest works of philosophy, predating the earliest Greek philosophy. They are the concluding part of the Vedas, the ancient Indian sacred literature, and mark the culmination of a tradition of speculative thought first expressed in the Rig-Veda more than 4,000 years ago. 

Remarkable for their meditative depth, spirit of doubt and intellectual honesty, the Upanishads are concerned with the knowledge of the Brahman, the Ultimate Reality, and man's relationship with it.

The name Upanishad is derived from the face-to-face mode of imparting knowledge - in the utmost sanctity and secrecy, to prevent its trivialisation or perversion. Composed in Sanskrit between 900 and 600 BC, the Upanishads presented here are by far the oldest and most important of those that exist. 

Max Muller’s classic translation of the first 12 Upanishads have been extensively revised by Suren Navlakha, who provides an entirely new translation of the 13th, the Kaushitaka Upanishad. The recording opens with an extended and informative introduction to the Upanishads, setting the background to the genre, and each Upanishad is prefaced with a brief introductory passage. The Indian actor Sagar Arya gives an idiomatic reading.

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Golden words, well narrated

Wealth of knowledge, well narrated, clear words. Vedas n Upanishads don't spoon-feed. They are cryptic in many instances. To understand them better i would suggest the reader to not hear it like a full story, but hear a chapter and digest in mind/read notes made, then move to another chapter in sometime. Hearing at one shot will become overwhelming. Breaking into parts can greatly help understanding. Loved the book and narration. Thanks!

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A good introduction

This introduces the basics of the Upanishads, in a voice that is easy to understand and follow. A good primer, which we all can do with.

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sublime experience

very aptly structured and well recorded. A must listen audiobook for all who want to know Vedanta.

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Who is this guy ?

Brahman Brahman Brahman ... where is Brahma , where is Brahmana that's why something better understand in proper decoding of Sanskrit and Atharvaveda is written thousands n thousands of years after other vedas by Maharishi Vedvyasa Author of Epic Mahabharat and other his finest devotional work in which that great seer praises n praises leela of Bhagwan after that he get ultimate peace and announced bhakti with desire or no desire is only give mental and physical peace and strength. And that work is well known as shrimad bhagavat mahapuran... okay decode Mahapuran it's not sanskrit it's hindi ... if only this you decode you come to know greatness of our sages and seers

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Literal narration.

Was expecting to generate some interest after reading a children's version for Vedas. This booked killed my interest.

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Amazing

A beautiful explanation of a very complex issue that bothers all spritual seekers. It was a treat to go through this work

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  • Seenath
  • 31-07-18

Wonderful! Just blessing Wonderful!

So beautifully read. I’ve been looking for an Audible like this for years! I absolutely love it. Chapter 23 was enlightening. I can’t say it enough. Absolutely wonderful!

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  • CW717
  • 02-10-19

Decently good, issue with highs/tone mix tho

I liked everything but the audio tone mix. Most ‘s’ sounds where high and very uncomfortable for my ears. I had to adjust my in-car tone mix to the max -10 for audio highs for it to be barable. In-ear/headphone mix was better/bare able tho. 👍🤷‍♂️

Also, thick accents by the readers. Not rly a bad thing, but it does take some acclimating at first to be able to understand ever word clearly.

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  • sudip pokharel
  • 22-11-20

Real Knowledge from Vedas

Amazing read. Cleared a lot of questions about God. Straight to the point by the author.

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  • lloydstar
  • 26-06-18

Well read and a joy to listen to

Very well read and a joy to listen to .
Recommended on your spiritual journey

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  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 15-11-20

Ancient wisdom relevant in today's era

Great narration of an ancient wisdom. You need to listen to it several times to understand the message

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  • fitness
  • 09-07-21

Perfect Knolwedge

Who am I who is writing this review? Listen to this audiobook and you shall find out...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-21

Excellent Introduction

A good starting point in your spiritual journey
listening to this and understanding it are different things

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  • L. Taylor
  • 04-12-20

Thank you

Thank you to Ukemi for this production. Narrator was superb. Upanishads, treasures. Older wisdom, awareness of true self.