The Upanishads, A Third Selection
Aitareya and Brihadaranyaka
First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, xi + 392pp
Swami Nikhilananda's English translation of two of the major Upanishads—Aitareya and Brihadaranyaka—offers a scholarly, yet readable version of the sacred texts of ancient India. The Upanishads form the foundation of the Hindu religion and describe the ultimate objective of life—the liberation of the soul from the bondage of the phenomenal world. Swami Nikhilananda's clear and insightful writing combined with notes and explanation based on the commentary of Sankaracharya, the great eighth-century philosopher and mystic of India, will help the spiritual seeker delve into the meaning of these spiritual treasures. This third of four volumes also contains information on the value of rituals and symbols for the contemplation of God.
The book is in good condition with a neat previous owner's name to the ffep and a slightly musty aroma. There is also an order of service for a memorial for Ernest Tertius Decimus Fletcher stuck in at the front pastedown. The dustwrapper is rather tatty with several small tears to the edges and a small hole to the spine but the book remains perfectly readable.