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Interpreting The Upanishads

 
Ananda Wood (Author)
Synopsis Must the Upanishads be 'difficult'? Actually, they are rather plain and direct. They do not construct any complex system of ideas and beliefs. Nor do they build up any elaborate picture of the world. Instead, in some what brief and uncompromising language, they ask what is plainly and simply true: beneath all the complications of our uncertain beliefs. This sceptical questioning was their traditional difficulty. It went against the habits of faith and obedience upon which traditional society depended. As a result, the Upanishads were kept traditionally secret and inaccessible. They were hidden behind a forbidding reputation: as teaching an esoteric and mystical doctrine, to be kept away from all but a few special initiates. Today, with our modern freedom of thought, we have learned to be more open about questioning things that are usually taken for granted. In particular, we can be more open about the kind of radical questions that the Upanishads ask. That is the idea of this book. To help open up the Upanishads and their radical questioning, for ordinary people.
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About the author

Ananda Wood

Ananda Wood, as his name suggests, is one of those people with a rather mixed background.  He was born and brought up in India, studied mathematics at King's College Cambridge, and went on to a Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  After completing his university education, he returned to India, where he has now settled down to concentrate on along-standing interest, in the modern interpretation of Advaita philosophy.  He is currently a moderator on the Advaitin e-group at yahoo-com.  And most of his books and articles may be accessed at http://www.advaitin.net/Ananda Books from this author-From The Upanishads, Interpreting The Upanishads, Ways To Truth

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Title Interpreting The Upanishads
Author Ananda Wood
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Zen Publications
Language: English
isbn 818807103b
length 206p.