The Ten Principal Upanishads

The Ten Principal Upanishads coverThe Ten Principal Upanishads was compiled and translated to English by Shree Purohit Swami and W.B.Yeats. More than 200 Upanishads are known and they are all text explaining the Vedas, passed down orally.  The Upanishads selected for this introductory book are:

The Lord (Eesha-Upanishad)
At Whose Command? (Kena-Upanishad)
From the Kathak Branch of theWedas (Katha-Upanishad)
Questions (Prashna-Upanishad)
At the Feet of the Monk (Mundaka-Upanishad
At the Feet of Master Mandooka (Mandookya-Upanishad)
From the Taittireeya Branch of the Wedas (Taittireeya-Upanishad)
At the Feet of Master Aitareya (Aitareya-Upanishad)
The Doctrine of the Chhandogyas (Chhandogya-Upanishad)
Famous Debates in the Forest (Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad)

The Ten Principal Upanishads
The most important Upanishads from ancient Indian sources compiled in one volume.
Written by: Translated to English by Shree Purohit Swami and W.B.Yeats
Published by: Faber and Faber Limited
Edition: Second Edition
Available in: Ebook

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  1. Dear Ones,

    Majority of the seekers are not aware of what is Brahma Vidya. What is Brahma Vidya? there is no consensus. Visit ..

    Brahma Vidya means … 32 vidyas or 32 meditations… Those Masters who were well versed with these 32 meditations or Vidyas and understood the essence of Brahman clearly alone will be called as God Realized One otherwise not.

    Brahma Vidya

    A Brahma Vidya is a path of contemplative meditation taught in the principal Upanishads. The passage of time has largely obscured the nature and culture of these meditations, and subsequent discussions of them are largely academic, drawing on the texts and their subsequent treatment in the Brahma Sutras. Scholars eventually identified the extant meditations as 32, though there is debate over the exact Upanishadic text serving as the basis for some of them.

    The said Upanishads are

    Chandogya Upanishad, Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, Taittiriya Upanishad, Anandavalli, Katha Upanishad, Kaushitaki Upanishad, Mundaka Upanishad

    One such enumeration is given below:

    Chandogya Upanishad

    1. Sad Vidya — the Universal Cause .. Chhandogya Upanishad, VI
    2. Antaraaditya Vidya — the Person within the Sun .. Chhandogya Upanishad,
    3. Akasa Vidya — the Cosmic Ether .. Chhandogya Upanishad, I.ix.1
    4. Prana Vidya — the Vital Breath .. Chhandogya Upanishad, I.xi.5
    5. Paramjyoti Vidya — the Supreme Light .. Chhandogya Upanishad, III.xiii.7
    6. Sandilya Vidya — Sandilya’s Teaching .. Chhandogya Upanishad, III.xiv.7
    7. Upakosala Vidya — Meditation as taught to Upakosala .. Chhandogya Upanishad, IV.x
    8. Vaisvaanara Vidya — the Universal Being .. Chhandogya Upanishad, V.xi
    9. Bhuma Vidya — the Great One .. Chhandogya Upanishad, VII
    10. Satyakaama Vidya — Meditation as taught to Satyakaama Jaabaala .. Chhandogya Upanishad, IV.iv

    11. Dahara Vidya — the Imperceptible Ether within the Heart ..
    Chhandogya Upanishad, VIII

    12. Madhu Vidya — Honey .. Chhandogya Upanishad, III.i
    13. Samvarga Vidya .. Chhandogya Upanishad, IV.iii
    14. Gayatri Vidya — the Gayatri Mantra .. Chhandogya Upanishad, III.xii
    15. Panca Agni Vidya — Meditation on the Five Fires .. Chhandogya Upanishad, V.iii to x.
    16. Akshi Vidya — Within the Eye .. Chhandogya Upanishad, IV.xv.1

    Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad

    17. Antaryaami Vidya — the Inner Controller .. Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, III.vii
    18. Akshara Vidya — the Imperishable … Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, III.viii.8
    19. Jyotishaam jyotir Vidya — the Light of Lights ..Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, IV.iv.16
    20. Maitreyi Vidya — Yajnavalkya’s Teaching to his wife Maitreyi Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, II.iv
    21. Sarvaantaraatmaa Vidya — the Inner Self of All ..Brhadaaranyaka Upanishad, III.iv

    Taittiriya Upanishad, Anandavalli

    22. Anandamaya Vidya — the Self consisting of Bliss ..Taittiriya Upanishad, Anandavalli
    23. Vaaruni Vidya — Meditation as taught by Varuna .. Taittiriya Upanishad, Bhriguvalli
    24. Nyaasa Vidya — Self-surrender .. Taittiriya Narayanam, 49–52

    Katha Upanishad

    25. Paramapurusha Vidya — the Supreme Person .. Katha Upanishad, I.iii
    26. Naciketa Vidya — Meditation with the Naciketa fire .. Katha Upanishad, I.ii
    27. Angushta-pramita Vidya — Brahman as resident within the Heart, of the size of the Thumb .. Katha Upanishad, II.iv.12

    Kaushitaki Upanishad

    28. Paryanka Vidya — Brahman as the highest God in the Supreme Abode .. Kaushitaki Upanishad, I
    29. Pratardana Vidya — Meditation as taught to Pratardana by Indra .. Kaushitaki Upanishad, III
    30. Baalaaki Vidya — Meditation as taught to Baalaaki .. Kaushitaki Upanishad, IV

    Mundaka Upanishad

    31. Aksharapara Vidya — Meditation on the Imperishable .. Mundaka Upanishad, I

    Isavasya Upanishad

    32. Isavasya Vidya — Meditation as taught in the Isavasya Upanishad ..Isavasya Upanishad

    So don’t blindly follow the teachings of any Master of any religion. Every seeker should have his/her own direct experience.

    Meditate on the above slokas and pose the questins within what is Brahma Vidya? reveal me more and more.

    Wish God will bless us all.


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