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Author: Swami Atmapriyananda
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami Atmapriyananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175054103
The present volume is a humble attempt along the lines of the above translation literature published by Advaita Ashrama. The Sannyasa Upanishads, besides beings of special importance in the monastic tradition of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, also bring to us, moderners, a vivid description of the ascetic, austere, and elevating ideal and practice of the spirit of renunciation, or sannyasa, in ancient times.
The appeal of the Upanishads is all the more relevant today, in this modern age of science and reason, than ever before. The Upanishads were a great source of inspiration for several of the greatest modern scientists, particularly the early fathers of Quantum Mechanics like Schrodinger and Heisenberg, who ushered in revolutionary changes in our world-view-weltanschauung.
The entire body of the Upanishads is believed to comprise a hundred and eight books; shortlisted later to twenty-eight, but the ‘major’ Upanishads are just ten plus one. These ten plus one ‘major’ Upanishads are so called because Shankaracharya, the great teacher of Advaita, wrote his immortal commentaries (called bhasyas) on these ten plus one Upanishads.
The rest of the ninety-seven Upanishads, other than the eleven ‘major’ ones, are sometimes called ‘minor’ Upanishads. There are some very sublime passages found in the ‘minor’ Upanishads and Shankaracharya, although not choosing to write commentaries on these ‘minor’ ones, often quotes from them to reinforce and elucidate his statements and arguments in the commentaries of the ‘major’ Upanishads.
Among the ninety-seven ‘minor’ Upanishads, there is a group of seventeen Upanishads which deal particularly with various aspects of renunciation, or sannyasa. Renunciation, or sannyasa, has formed the backbone of the Indian spiritual heritage and legacy for thousands of years, and therefore the themes that these Sannyasa Upanishads discuss include various types of sannyasa, its varieties and subtle nuances.
It therefore in the fitness of things that the Ramakrishna Order of sannyasins has published a translation of the Sannyasa Upanishads with explanatory notes based both on the traditional interpretation by Upanishad Brahmayogin as well as on Ramakrishna-Vivekananda thought. The copious notes herein reflect both these ancient and modern interpretations.
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