Overview for Upanisads Retold (In 2 Volumes)
In this book, the author has provided a free rendering of Upanisads in a simple and forceful style. He has presented their main ideas, of which he displays a firm grasp, in an intelligent and easily assimilable manner. This is not a mere translation, but as author has explained and commented on them, are also providing an interpretation of their philosophy. The Upanisads are a compendium of various trends of philosophical ideas of the ancient seers of India. They are a blend of speculative approach and revealed insight. As such, their philosophical thought as a whole, regarding, the ultimate metaphysical questions, regarding mind, matter and God, cannot be said to be an anti-rationalistic, anti-emotional, or anti-volitional; but, at the same time, it should not be forgotten that the Upanisads have a further dimension: they are spiritual in nature. Therefore, ideas about God and the absolute are not merely logical concepts, but matters of faith and direct and immediate experience, as the late Professor R.D. Ranade used to say.
V.H. Date (Author)
Vishnu Hari Date is a familiar name in the modern philosophical world. He came into prominence with the publication of his Vedanta Explained, 2 vols., and the Yoga of the Saints, which elicited the eloquent commendation from the eminent philosopher-saint, Prof. R.D. Ranade that, "it is a work which will command our respect, and that it is the outcome of his own deep conviction and personal experience". Dr. Date began his career as early as 1932 as Professor of Philosophy in the Colleges at Belgaum and Kolhapur. Subsequently he came over to Rajas-than in 1947 and was associated with Universities of Jodhpur and Jaipur. During this period many brilliant students had the privilege of working under him and got their Ph.D. He retired in 1963, as a Reader and Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.