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Katha Upanisad

Anirvan (Author) Gautam Dharmapal (Translator)

This volume is based on the commentary on the Katha Upanisad given by Shri Anirvan during his talks in Calcutta in 1958.

Katha Upanisad holds an important place in Indian philosophy. Though, men know the difference between the preferable good way and the way of pleasures, they generally take to the way of pleasures. In this Upanisad, through the dialogue between Yamaothe god of death and Naciketa, a search has been undertaken to find the way of abstinence (nivrtti) from the way of natural activity (pravrtti). With diligence one can see the great difference between Knowledge and Ignorance, between Virtue (dharma) and Sin (adharma) and one can discover an unknown world where all these differences dissolve, where Truth and Harmony are realized. The real and secret inner truth, the eternal and Universal Dharma is laid in this Supreme Truth. Being pleased with the faith, aspiration and illumined intelligence of Naciketa, Yamaothe deity of Dharma gracefully bestows this Supreme Truth to Naciketa.

The extra-ordinary discussion on Brahman in the Katha-Upanisad is the nerve centre of the spiritual sadhana of India. This discussion about Brahman found in these talks on Katha-Upanisad by Srimat Anirvan will open up new vistas of Truth.

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Sri Anirvan was born on July 8, 1896 in the town of Mymensingh. At the age of eleven he knew the Astadhyayi of Panini by heart and daily recited a chapter from the Gita, he joined Assam Bangiya Saraswata Math, Kokilamukh near Jorhat in Assam, at the age of sixteen. Meanwhile, he had appeared for the matriculation examination which earned for him a state scholarship. He went for his college studies to Dhaka and later on to Calcutta. His educational career was brilliant and he always secured record marks. After completing his studies, Sri Anirvan took Sanyasa and became Nirvanananda Saraswati. But a few years later he dropped the ochre robes and changed his name to Anirvan, by which name he became known to the world at large. Between 1930 and 1942, he lived with a friend at Allahabad, Lucknow, Delhi and Ranchi and also established an ashram in Kamakhya near Gauhati in Assam. Later on, he moved to Lohaghat in Almora where Madame Lizelle Reymond met him and stayed with him in her My Life with a Brahmin Family (1958) and to Live Within (1971). In 1953-54, Sri Anirvan moved to Shillong in Assam and finally to Calcutta in 1965. He fell ill in July 1971 and passed away on 31 may, 1978, at the age of 82. His first book was a Bengali translation of Sri Aurbindo’s The life Divine which was published in 2 Vols. During 1948-51. But the centre of his studies was the Vedas on which subject he acquired a rare mastery over the years. His great work, Veda Mimamsa, was published in 3 vols. In 1961, 1965 and 1970. Meanwhile several other works on the Upanishads, the Gita, Vedanta and yoga had also been published.

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Bibliographic information

Title Katha Upanisad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.07.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Akshaya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 9788188643592
length 359p., Index; 23cm.