Look Inside

The Upanishads - Isha , Kena and Other Upanishads (Set of 2 Volumes)

FREE Delivery
Express Shipping
Express Shipping: Guaranteed Dispatch in 24 hours
Delivery Ships in 1-3 days
Item Code: NAK701
Author: Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9788170587491
Pages: 1060
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 1.40 kg
Fully insured
Fully insured
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
23 years in business
23 years in business
Book Description



Back of The Book

“The Isha Upanishad is the gospel of a divine life in the world and a statement of the conditions under which it is possible and the spirit of its living” writers Sri Aurobindo in one of the commentaries that make up this book. He had a special interest in this Upanishad, and translated and commented on it a number of time before presenting his final interpretation in a terse, 75-page analysis. In the present volume that final translation and analysis are followed by ten earlier commentaries. All of them help us understand “the object of our existence, which is to manifest. The glory of the divine Life and the divine Being.”


About The Author

Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. At the age of seven he was taken to England for his education. He studied at St. Paul's School, London, and at King's College, Cambridge. Returning to India in 1893, he worked for the next thirteen years in the Princely State of Baroda in the service of the Maharaja and as a professor in the State's college.

In 1906 Sri Aurobindo quit his post in Baroda and went to Calcutta, where he became one of the leaders of the Indian nationalist movement. As editor of the newspaper Bande Mataram, he put forward the idea of complete independence from Britain. Arrested both for sedition and for treason, he was released for lack of evidence.

Sri Aurobindo began the practice of Yoga in 1905. Within a few years he achieved several fundamental spiritual realisations. In 1910 he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry in French India in order to concentrate on his inner life and work. Over the next forty years, he developed a new spiritual path, the Integral Yoga, whose ultimate aim is the transformation of life by the power of a supra mental consciousness. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator the Mother, he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. His vision of life is presented in numerous works of prose and poetry, among the best known of which are The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita and Savitri. Sri Aurobindo passed away on 5 December 1950.


Publisher’s Note

This volume contains Sri Aurobindo's translations of and commentaries on the Isha Upanishad. His translations of and commentaries on other Upanishads and Vedantic texts, and his writings on the Upanishads and Vedanta philosophy in general, are published in Kena and Other Upanishads, volume 18 of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.

The present volume is divided into two parts. The first consists of Sri Aurobindo's final translation and analysis of the Isha Upanishad. This is the only work in this volume that was published during his lifetime. It contains his definitive interpretation of the Isha Upanishad.

Before publishing this final translation and analysis, Sri Aurobindo wrote ten incomplete commentaries on the Isha Upanishad. These appear in approximate chronological order in Part Two. Ranging in length from a few pages to more than a hundred, they show the development of his interpretation of this Upanishad from around 1900 to the middle of 1914, when he began work on his final translation and analysis.

The texts in both parts have been checked against the relevant manuscript and printed versions.




Part One Translation and Commentary Published by Sri Aurobindo  
  Isha Upanishad 3
Part Two Incomplete Commentaries from Manuscripts  
  Isha Upanishad: All that is world in the Universe 95
  The Ishavasyopanishad with a commentary in English 101
  The Karmayogin: A Commentary on the Isha Upanishad 169
  Ish and Jagat 303
  The Secret of the Isha 307
  Chapters for a Work on the Isha Upanishad 311
  The Upanishad in Aphorism 351
  The Life Divine [Draft A] 361
  The Life Divine [Draft B] 429
  The Life Divine [Draft c] 551




Back of The Book

The Kena Upanishads is concerned “with the relation of mind-consciousness to Brahman-consciousness,” writes Sri Aurobindo in his commentary on this work. “The material world and the physical life exist for us only by virtue of our internal self and our internal life. According as our mental instruments represent to us the external world, according as our vital force in obedience to the mind deals with its impacts and objects, so will be our outward life and translation of and commentary on the Kena, this book includes hi translations of six other Upanishads as well as several other translations and commentaries, and essays such as The Philosophy of the Upanishads.


Publisher’s note

This volume comprises Sri Aurobindo's translations of and commentaries on Upanishads other than the Isha Upanishad. (His writings on that Upanishad appear in Isha Upanishad, volume 17 of The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.) It also includes his translations of later Vedantic texts and writings on the Upanishads and Vedanta philosophy in general.

The volume is divided into three parts. The first consists of translations and commentaries that were published during Sri Aurobindo's lifetime. The pieces in this part, along with his final translation of and commentary on the Isha Upanishad, are his most mature works of Upanishadic interpretation. The second and third parts consist of material from Sri Aurobindo's manuscripts. The second includes early translations of the Prashna, Mandukya, Aitareya and Taittiriya Upanishads, and incomplete translations of and commentaries on some other Upanishads and Vedantic texts. The third part comprises incomplete and fragmentary writings on the Upanishads and Vedanta in general.

All the texts have been checked against the relevant manuscript and printed versions.




Part One Translations and Commentaries Published by Sri Aurobindo  
  Kena Upanishad 3
  Katha Upanishad 99
  Mundaka Upanishad 129
  Readings in the Taittiriya Upanishad 149
Part Two Translations and Commentaries from Manuscripts  
Section One. Introduction  
  On Translating the Upanishads 163
Section Two. Complete Translations (circa 1900-1902)  
  The Prusna Upanishad of the Athurvaveda 175
  The Mandoukya Upanishad 193
  The Aitereya Upanishad 197
  Taittiriya Upanishad 206
Section Three. Incomplete Translations and Commentaries (circa 1902-1912)  
  Svetasvatara Upanishad 235
  Chhandogya Upanishad 250
  Notes on the Chhandogya Upanishad 258
  The Brihad Aranyak Upanishad 268
  The Great Aranyaka: A Commentary on the Brihad Aranyak Upanishad 273
  The Kaivalya Upanishad 288
  Nila Rudra Upanishad 290
Section Four. Incomplete Commentaries on the Kena Upanishad (circa 1912-1914)  
  Kena Upanishad: An Incomplete Commentary 297
  A Commentary on the Kena Upanishad 311
  Three Fragments of Commentary 313
  Kena Upanishad: A Partial Translation with Notes 315
Section Five. Incomplete Translations of Two Vedantic Texts (circa 1900-1902)  
  The Karikas of Gaudapada 319
  Sadananda's Essence of Vedanta 330
Part Three Writings on Vedanta  
  Four Fragments 337
  The Spirit of Hinduism 340
  The Philosophy of the Upanishads 345
  An Incomplete Work of Vedantic Exegesis 400
  The Religion of Vedanta 413
  Evolution in the Vedantic View 414
  The Means of Realisation 421
  A Fragmentary Chapter for a Work on Vedanta 424
  God and Immortality 433



Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. What locations do you deliver to ?
    A. Exotic India delivers orders to all countries having diplomatic relations with India.
  • Q. Do you offer free shipping ?
    A. Exotic India offers free shipping on all orders of value of $30 USD or more.
  • Q. Can I return the book?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy
  • Q. Do you offer express shipping ?
    A. Yes, we do have a chargeable express shipping facility available. You can select express shipping while checking out on the website.
  • Q. I accidentally entered wrong delivery address, can I change the address ?
    A. Delivery addresses can only be changed only incase the order has not been shipped yet. Incase of an address change, you can reach us at help@exoticindia.com
  • Q. How do I track my order ?
    A. You can track your orders simply entering your order number through here or through your past orders if you are signed in on the website.
  • Q. How can I cancel an order ?
    A. An order can only be cancelled if it has not been shipped. To cancel an order, kindly reach out to us through help@exoticindia.com.
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Book Categories