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Publisher's Summary

The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality.

But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?”

Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. His translation of The Upanishads is the best-selling edition in English.

For students of philosophy and of Indian spirituality, and readers of wisdom literature everywhere, Easwaran’s interpretation of this classic helps us in our own quest into the meaning of our lives.

©2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2017 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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One of the greatest scriptures ever given to man

Elucidated with broad knowledge. He brings the scripture alive for modern man with humor and eloquent use of language...a true devotee, a jnani. The voice of narration is excellent. Avail yourself!

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All who want to KNOW must read this book.

Consumed by the words and messages. The best book I've read on the path to eternity.

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So much wisdom.

Loved it, good narration. Will listen over and over. I have owned it for a couple of months and have listened to it twice already.

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beautiful will listen to over and over

I can listen to meditating I can listen to sleeping I can listen to walking meditation I can listen to awake beautiful. ONENESS RESPECT.🙏

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  • Robbie
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 12-09-17

Superbly illuminating,

This book was exceptionally illuminating. The narration was dramatic and superbly articulated. I would highly recommend this to those interested in gaining useful knowledge in the Vedic tradition.

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  • HH
  • Bay Area, CA
  • 12-06-17

bad

it's not the upanishads just the insight. would rather listen to the book and it's true form buy a reader that captures the dramatic essence of a scriptures which this book is not disappointment

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Awesome

This man has a way of explaining the unexplainable in an easy, understandable way that keeps me on the lookout for anything written by him. The narrator has a good voice for this type of material.

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Simple Laws of Life

to know the explanation of life it's seemingly complex web of repeating thoughts and what death teaches and help us re-establish so we may learn

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Very worthy investment into self realization

All is one; one is all is infinite yet initially appears finite. All is love is self is you and I is one.

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  • Dezza
  • 08-21-17

Commentry on the Upanishads rather than the story

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I got this book wanting to listen to the Upanishads - It starts off with the story and gives interpretation which is useful, however the interpretation then seemed to take up the majority of sections rather than focusing on the story. This is where it was probably my mistake with the title 'Essence of...' as the book takes the essence of the teachings and explains them. I only listened to 6 chapters so cannot comment on the book as a whole but as I wanted to hear the original teachings I will seek another source and this book was not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-17

Loved this book

This book is a great insight into Hindu culture. The first chapter had me hooked, I also enjoyed the voice of the narrator. The style that the book is written in makes it very easy to understand. I recommend this book and will listen to it again I am sure.