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The Upanisads: Volume II

By: F. Max Muller Series: Upanishads by F. Max Muller

This two-volume set contains the famous Max Muller translation of the classical Upanishads which first appeared as Volumes I and XV of the "Sacred Books of the East." It contains the full text, translated into English and annotated of the following Upanishads. Chandogya, Kena, Aitareya (aranyaka and Upanishad), Kausitaki, Isa, Katha, Mundaka, Taittiriya, Brahadaranyaka, Svetasvatara,Prasna, and the Maitrayana Upanishad .These are the most important Upanishads, the classical basic documents that ...have been accepted as authoritative by practically all Indian religious and philosophic traditions. These remarkable mystical and philosophical treatises have not only created the later wisdom of India; they have also played an important part in Western thought. While one may be doubtful of their claimed influence upon the Neoplatonists and the medieval Christian mystics, they still have greatly influenced later developments in western philosophy, from the time of Schlegel, Hegel, Schopenhauer,and Schelling. Probably written by various authors over several centuries before 500 B.C they exhibit a remarkable uniformity of purpose; they strive through parable ,proverb, simile and metaphor, and through a method similar to Socratic dialogue -to arrive at truth with out erecting formal system. Although there have been other translations of the Upanishads, this edition of Max Muller has long enjoyed the reputation of being the most scholarly. Not only does the translation contain the mature reflection of the greatest Indologist and Sanskritologist of the 19th century (who was also Profound philosopher in his own right) it also contains his long introductions of more than 250pages,discussing the positions of the Upanishads and their values for the modern world. Volume 2 of the definitive, scholarly English translation of one of the great religious and philosophical classics of the East. Included are the 12 classical upanishads: Chandogya, Kena, Aitareya, Kaushitaki, Isa, Katha, Mundaka, Taittiriyaka, Brhadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Maitriyana. Fully annotated with a 160-page introduction and analysis by Professor Muller, distinguished Indologist. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in mystical and existential thought. Also included is a penetrating discussion of the modern relevance of these ancient works.

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