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Mundaka Upanisad

With the Original Text in Sanskrit and Roman Transliteration by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

In this critical interpretation of Upanisad the author looks afresh at some puzzling questions like; What is the nature of Brahman, the one Casual Reality? How can a seeker know it? Who can be eligible for its knowledge?

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ISBN: 9788124601051
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 2nd
Pages : vii, 142
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 22 cm.
Weight: 200

Overview

India has millennia-long tradition of spirituality and metaphysical thought. In its worldview, the Absolute/Supreme Reality defies all verbal descriptions — though it is visualizable in countless ways. The Upanishads, accordingly, are diverse expressions of the one vision of this very Reality. The Mundaka, however, holds a special place in the writings of the genre: not because of its emphasis on shraddha (belief) — often in one’s guru, but primarily for its vehement denunciation of the Vedic ritualism. Which perhaps explains why sannyasins (the renunciate monks) treat this Upanishad as a spiritual authority for the way of life they have chosen to live. Here is a brilliant, critical interpretation — in contemporary idiom — of the Mundaka Upanishad, showing how a seeker can cogitate/meditate upon the Supreme Reality — or, in other words, how one can have the transcendental experience of cosmic Consciousness. The book looks afresh at some of the perpetually puzzling questions that Mundaka addresses — questions, like for instance: What is the nature of Brahman, the one Casual Reality? How can a seeker know it? Who can be eligible for its knowledge? Offering an indepth, analytical commentary on this time-honoured text, Swami Muni Narayana Prasad presents at once appropriate metaphors, analogies and, these besides, backgrounds to the varying contexts that not only elucidate various philosophical terms and concepts in all their underlying shades of meanings, but also provides rich insights into this Upanishad. Complete with the original Sanskrit text and its Roman transliteration, this work is a must for all keen on discovering the essential meaning of the Upanishadic thought and meditating upon ‘‘wisdom’s ineffable core”.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Mundaka I
Khanda 1
Consciousness One, Sciences Many
Brahmavidya and Atmavidya
A Hierarchy of Gurus
The Great Householder
Peculiarity of the Question
As Enjoined
The Undecaying
Khanda 2
Mundaka II
Khanda 1
Khanda 2
The Golden Veil
Actionless, Partless, Pure
The Light of Lights
Atma-Vit
Mundaka III
Khanda 1
Isha and Anisha
Vidvan
Samya
Vijanan
Reticent
Brahmavidam-Varishthah
Brahmacarya
Anthah-Sharire
Blemishes Weakened
Anritha
Devayana
With Fulfilled Desires
Khanda 2
Peace Invocation
Glossary
Index

Meet the Author
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Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.
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