Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal, by Swami Prabhavananda


Years ago I picked up a translation of the Upanishads because I wanted to understand Vedanta. I read that translation and struggled through it. It wasn’t particularly interesting and was often confusing. The commentaries were long, painful and boring. I felt disappointed. I thought the Upanishads and the Great Vedanta would be more powerful than this. I pursued other teachings.

A few months ago I saw this little book and picked it up out of curiosity for some reason. I don’t know why. I already had another copy of the Upanishads and didn’t really care for it. But this little book hit me with much greater force. It was so significant. Yes the self, of course, yes..the self is one…The reading was so clear and powerful.

I bought it immediately, brought it home, and compared it with the other translation. It’s the translation that was the difference. It wasn’t that I had suddenly matured and was now ready to hear this teaching because the other translation is still confusing to me. Not all translations are the same. What had been confusing to understand before, now became clear.

Even if you don’t agree with me that this translation is a good one, seek out various translations of the Upanishads and see which one is the clearest for you. Now, I truly believe the Upanishads are one of the most significant teachings this “World” has ever known.

This translation has no commentary. It is so clear you don’t need a commentary. It’s also cheap and handy. With sacred texts from the past it pays to check out various translations and even formats for ease of reading and understanding.

-From an Amazon customer review

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