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The Principal Upanishads: Edited with Introduction, Text, Translation and…

by S. Radhakrishnan

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This is a very thick book with comprehensive commentary on each verse and a great introduction. I highly recommend reading the introduction before delving into the Upanishads. The sanskrit text is presented in Latin transliteration -- I found this very useful. Once I gathered from the reading what are the basic sanskrit terms for major concepts I could always look at the transliteration if I wanted to clarify the translated text. The translation tries to be as literal as possible without loosing the meaning. I find that good. Another good thing about this translation is that of the translated Upanishads no passages are skipped.

In many other translations the passages that are thought by the translator to be "irrelevant" to the Western reader are often skipped. I would rather have the version where I have the option of deciding what is relevant and what is not. ( )
  vzakuta | Jan 23, 2009 |
This is a very thick book with comprehensive commentary on each verse and a great introduction. I highly recommend reading the introduction before delving into the Upanishads. The sanskrit text is presented in Latin transliteration -- I found this very useful. Once I gathered from the reading what are the basic sanskrit terms for major concepts I could always look at the transliteration if I wanted to clarify the translated text. The translation tries to be as literal as possible without loosing the meaning. I find that good. Another good thing about this translation is that of the translated Upanishads no passages are skipped.

In many other translations the passages that are thought by the translator to be "irrelevant" to the Western reader are often skipped. I would rather have the version where I have the option of deciding what is relevant and what is not. ( )
  vzakuta | Jan 23, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 190585708X, Hardcover)

The Upanishads, the sacred writings of Hinduism, predate recorded history. Since they were revealed to the Rishis of the Vedic civilization some 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, many have come to regard them as perhaps the greatest of all the books in the history of world religions: the work that contains the kernel of the mystical and philosophical truths that form the basis of all religious thinking today. Alan Jacobs has used free modern verse to convey the essential meaning and poetry of the original text, omitting Sanskrit words as much as possible and providing a clear, contemporary commentary.

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