Katha Upanisad: In English with Commentary, Original Sanskrit Text with Its Roman Translation (Rediscovering Indian Literary Classics)
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Man has always been perplexed with the 'now' and 'hereafter' of his worldly existence. The enigma, called life, with all its attendant uncertainties and everyday strifes and irritants, continues to defy experimental/realistic investigationdespite all the exciting advances in science. We still age, we still die. We are as mortal as ever. Life remains a mystery. And death remains, in Shakespearean phraseology, "the undis-covered country". A masterpiece among the writings of its genre, Katha Upanishad attempts to unravel the mystery of deaththough, in its totality, it is an insightful exposition of brahmavidya: Knowledge of the Absolute/Supreme Reality. In a well-devised dialectical situation, the Upanishad shows how a young seeker, calling upon Yama, none other than the God of Death himself, insists on knowing the "secret of all secrets", with specific questions, like: What is death? Why people fear death when they know it to be inevitable? What happens at death? And what, if anything, continues to exist after death, and how?the questions which the deity answers, amidst widely-ranged "wisdom teachings". Swami Muni Narayana Prasad here offers a lucid English version of this time-honoured Upanishad, together withexhaustive commentary, the original Sanskrit text and its Roman transliteration. Written at a time when the profoundly symbolic Vedic yajnas/rituals had degenerated into crass priestcraft, the Katha Upanishad not only has its historical importance, but counts among the landmark writings that have shaped India's heritage of spirituality and philosophic thought. AUTHOR DETAILS: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is theRegulating Secretary of the famous Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation set up by Nataraja Guru, the disciple-successor of Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru who was initiated as a renunciate in 1984, Swami Muni Narayana Prasad has travelled round the world teaching Indian philosophy, with special emphasis on the Upanishads. He has been associated with the philosophical magazine, The Gurukulam as editor for twelve years and continues to be one of its chief contributors. The author of many works, his publications in English include Basic Lessons on India's Wisdom, Karma and Reincarnation, Vedanta Sutras of Narayana Guru and Commentaries on the Katha, Kena, Mundaka, Prashna, Taittiriya and Aitareya Upanishads.