Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Prasna Upanisad: With the Commentary of Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)
Displaying 2505 of 7134         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Prasna Upanisad: With the Commentary of Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)
Pages from the book
Prasna Upanisad: With the Commentary of Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)
Look Inside the Book
Description
Back of Book

Shankara's commentary on the Gita is, without doubt, one of the greatest examples of Indian scholarship. This translation is particularly important in that the translator has been faithful to the original without in any way losing its spirit and clarity. In the Introduction the translator discusses various topics such as the Mahabharata War, which provided the background for the Gita; the historicity of Krishna; the importance and influence of the Gita; and the date of Shankara A Sanskrit 'Word Index' to the Gita included at the end, is an invaluable addition to the work.

 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

This new edition of the Prasna Upanisad has been thoroughly revised by the author himself. In the matter of printing, to facilitate things for the reader, more space is given between the translation of the text and the translation of the bhasya. In the references, where only the figures without the name of any book occur, they refer to the sloka of this particular Upanisad.

 

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

The Prasna Upanisad is fourth in the series of Upanisads being published separately, taking each of them in its entirety from the earlier two-volume edition, Eight Upanisad; published by us. This has been preceded by the Aitareya Upanisad, the Mundaka Upanisad, and the Mandukya Upanisad with the Karika, thus completing the publication of the four Upanisads in the second volume of Eight Upanisads.

In the translation of the commentary, the words quoted from the text by Sri Sankaracarya are given in italics. These are followed by commas and the English equivalents. Informative explanatory footnotes have been added wherever necessary.

This Upanisad derives its name from the six prasnas or questions it contains. It belongs to the Atharva Veda, and very probably is of the Pippalada sakha. Sri Sankara refers to it as a Brahmana, complementary to the Mantra Upanisad, i.e. the Mundaka Upanisad, which also belongs to the same Veda.

As the very name implies, the Prasna Upanisad discusses philosophical problems through the medium of questions and answers between six students and a sage, Pippalada. The students approach him in accordance with the Vedic tradition, with sacrificial fuel in hand, in all humility, and with a desire to know the ultimate Truth. They are genuine seekers after Truth. They ask him various questions relating to the source of all beings, the number of deities, and the chief among them, the nature and function of Prana, the vital force, the nature of waking, dream, and sleep states and the function of the senses in each of the states, meditation on the sacred syllable Om, and what it leads to, and finally the nature of the Supreme Persons, the conscious Being in man, Brahman, higher than whom there is nothing to be known. And to each of these questions, the sage gives a suitable answer, making it intelligible and easy of comprehension by means of interesting analogies and similes.

Like, the Taittiriya Upanisad, it leads the aspirant gradually from the gross to the subtle principles of life and eventually points to the acme of spiritual perfection. It is our hope that the Prasna Upanisad in this form will be welcomed by all lovers of our philosophical and spiritual lore.

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface to the Second Edition vi
Preface to the First Edition vii
Key to Transliteration and Pronunciation ix
List of Abbreviations x
First Question 3
Second Question 21
Third Question 32
Fourth Question 43
Fifth Question 63
Sixth Question 73
Index to the Sections 99

 

Sample Pages







Of Related Interest:

Life of Shankaracharya - The Adventures of a Poet Philosopher

Click Here for an Exhaustive Collection of Books Relating to Shankaracharya

Prasna Upanisad: With the Commentary of Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)

Item Code:
IDE173
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
ISBN:
9788175050235
Language:
English
Size:
6.8" X 4.8"
Pages:
110
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 80 gms
Price:
$7.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Prasna Upanisad: With the Commentary of Sankaracarya (Shankaracharya)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 10151 times since 17th Apr, 2016
Back of Book

Shankara's commentary on the Gita is, without doubt, one of the greatest examples of Indian scholarship. This translation is particularly important in that the translator has been faithful to the original without in any way losing its spirit and clarity. In the Introduction the translator discusses various topics such as the Mahabharata War, which provided the background for the Gita; the historicity of Krishna; the importance and influence of the Gita; and the date of Shankara A Sanskrit 'Word Index' to the Gita included at the end, is an invaluable addition to the work.

 

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

This new edition of the Prasna Upanisad has been thoroughly revised by the author himself. In the matter of printing, to facilitate things for the reader, more space is given between the translation of the text and the translation of the bhasya. In the references, where only the figures without the name of any book occur, they refer to the sloka of this particular Upanisad.

 

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

The Prasna Upanisad is fourth in the series of Upanisads being published separately, taking each of them in its entirety from the earlier two-volume edition, Eight Upanisad; published by us. This has been preceded by the Aitareya Upanisad, the Mundaka Upanisad, and the Mandukya Upanisad with the Karika, thus completing the publication of the four Upanisads in the second volume of Eight Upanisads.

In the translation of the commentary, the words quoted from the text by Sri Sankaracarya are given in italics. These are followed by commas and the English equivalents. Informative explanatory footnotes have been added wherever necessary.

This Upanisad derives its name from the six prasnas or questions it contains. It belongs to the Atharva Veda, and very probably is of the Pippalada sakha. Sri Sankara refers to it as a Brahmana, complementary to the Mantra Upanisad, i.e. the Mundaka Upanisad, which also belongs to the same Veda.

As the very name implies, the Prasna Upanisad discusses philosophical problems through the medium of questions and answers between six students and a sage, Pippalada. The students approach him in accordance with the Vedic tradition, with sacrificial fuel in hand, in all humility, and with a desire to know the ultimate Truth. They are genuine seekers after Truth. They ask him various questions relating to the source of all beings, the number of deities, and the chief among them, the nature and function of Prana, the vital force, the nature of waking, dream, and sleep states and the function of the senses in each of the states, meditation on the sacred syllable Om, and what it leads to, and finally the nature of the Supreme Persons, the conscious Being in man, Brahman, higher than whom there is nothing to be known. And to each of these questions, the sage gives a suitable answer, making it intelligible and easy of comprehension by means of interesting analogies and similes.

Like, the Taittiriya Upanisad, it leads the aspirant gradually from the gross to the subtle principles of life and eventually points to the acme of spiritual perfection. It is our hope that the Prasna Upanisad in this form will be welcomed by all lovers of our philosophical and spiritual lore.

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface to the Second Edition vi
Preface to the First Edition vii
Key to Transliteration and Pronunciation ix
List of Abbreviations x
First Question 3
Second Question 21
Third Question 32
Fourth Question 43
Fifth Question 63
Sixth Question 73
Index to the Sections 99

 

Sample Pages







Of Related Interest:

Life of Shankaracharya - The Adventures of a Poet Philosopher

Click Here for an Exhaustive Collection of Books Relating to Shankaracharya

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

The Upanishads - Isha , Kena and Other Upanishads (Set of 2 Volumes)
Item Code: NAK701
$50.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
112 Upanisads (In Two Volumes)
Item Code: IDL170
$95.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
THE BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD
by Swami Sivananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2002)
The Divine Life Society
Item Code: IDG071
$32.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

Today Lord SIVA arrived well in Munich. Thank you for the save packing. Everything fine. Hari Om
Hermann, Munchen
Thank you very much for keeping such an exotic collection of Books. Keep going strong Exotic India!!!
Shweta, Germany
I am very thankful to you for keeping such rare and quality books, DVDs, and CDs of classical music and even Dhrupad which is almost unbelievable. I hope you continue to be this good in your helpfulness. I have found books about rare cultural heritage such as Kodava samaj, Dhrupad and other DVDs and CDs in addition to the beautiful sarees I have from your business, actually business is not the right word, but for lack of a word I am using this.
Prashanti, USA
Shiva Shankar brass statue arrived yesterday. It´s very perfect and beautiful and it was very carefully packed. THANK YOU!!! OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Mª Rosário Costa, Portugal
I have purchased many books from your company. Your packaging is excellent, service is great and attention is prompt. Please maintain this quality for this order also!
Raghavan, USA
My order arrived today with plenty of time to spare. Everything is gorgeous, packing excellent.
Vana, Australia
I was pleased to chance upon your site last year though the name threw me at first! I have ordered several books on Indian theatre and performance, which I haven't found elsewhere (including Amazon) or were unbelievably exorbitantly priced first editions etc. I appreciate how well you pack the books in your distinctive protective packaging for international and domestic mailing (for I order books for India delivery as well) and the speed with which my order is delivered, well within the indicated time. Good work!
Chitra, United Kingdom
The statue has arrived today. It so beautiful, lots of details. I am very happy and will order from you shop again.
Ekaterina, Canada.
I love your company and have been buying a variety of wonderful items from you for many years! Keep up the good work!
Phyllis, USA
The Lakshmi statue arrived today and it is beautiful. Thank you so much for all of your help. I am thrilled and she is an amazing statue for my living room.
Susanna, West Hollywood, CA.
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India