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The Upanishads

A New Translation
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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The Upanishads are often considered the most important literature from ancient India. Yet many academic translators fail to capture the work's philosophical and spiritual subtlety, while others convey its poetry at the cost of literal meaning. This new translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes fills the need for an Upanishads that is clear, simple, and insightful - yet remains faithful to the original Sanskrit. As Western Sanskrit scholars who have spent their lives immersed in meditative practice, Katz and Egenes offer a unique perspective in penetrating the depths of Eastern wisdom and expressing these insights in modern yet poetic language. Their historical introduction is suited to newcomers and experienced listeners alike, providing the perfect entry to this unparalleled work.

©2015 Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes (P)2015 Tantor

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"This beautiful new translation of The Upanishads by Katz and Egenes takes us full circle, conveying to our modern times the work's authentic message of transcendence and unity." (David Lynch, author of Catching the Big Fish)

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  • 12-07-17

horriable

sounds like I'm listening to someone reading instructions for a medicine. The sound of his voice worse than the medicine.

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Read too quickly!! narrator needs to slow down

Read too quickly!! narrator needs to slow down.
needs to be read as sacred wisdom...bummer

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From those who know...

Egenes and Katz are both true scholars in that they practice the techniqes described in their translations. The description of the fourth major state of consciousness is correct both in translation and in direct experience of that state. How then could the translation be wrong? They aren't mistaking a rope for a snake... This translation of these texts work for me because I too regularly experience that fourth state. I know these goys got it right.

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If you are reading this you already have an idea

of what this book contains. It can be confusing at times, will be reading again.

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Translation mangled by narrator

I'm at a loss as to what the authors could have been thinking in selecting their narrator. He talks very fast with no emotion and butchers the Sanskrit (when he reads Sanskrit chants in a completely flat voice is almost painful to listen to). I was really excited to find an audible version of a straight Translation of the upanishads that's not an "essence" of upanishads or full of footnotes, but the narrating is just so bad I can't even listen to to it.

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Get Someone Who Doesn’t Slaughter Sanskrit

This is an exciting find on Audible. I can’t say much for the reader’s (Tom Perkins) pronunciation of Sanskrit words. I find it cloying and wonder why anyone would find it acceptable to pay for that level of ineptitude or laziness. But it has Egenes’ stamp of approval which earns high marks with me. I seriously can’t even understand some of his references though. 😕

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  • 02-20-19

More wisdom in hiring performers please

Classic text. But it’s the sort of thing where the reader must have insight into what he’s reading, which this reader clearly does not. (Communication happens in tone as well as words.) I cannot recommend this version.

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A wonderful audio presentation of the Upanishads.

While this publication of the Upanishads is a little dated (you'll notice in the Introduction) it is the most beautifully presented audio version of an English translation of these texts that I have ever experienced. There are more current translations that incorporate recent interpretations of certain important words and phrases translated from the Sanskrit. This translation, I feel, really captures some of the poetic essence that theses verses were meant to convey in the ancient oral tradition. I listen to this like music. This is a wonderful introduction to late Vedic philosophy and tradition. If you've never read the Upanishads, this is an excellent place to start. Regardless, first time or 101st time, you're Atman will thank you.

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Really great collection of thought forms.

An important component to the Gestalt of esoterica and vedanta, perhaps not fully understood by itself.

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The Te Tao Ching of Hindu philosophy.

Krishna is regarded as the Way. We can find balance in Krishna as Krishna is inside us all. Krishna is spinning an infinite number of wheels in an infinite number of universes. Krishna is inside, pervading the essence of everything.

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