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The Upanishads are often considered the most important literature from ancient India. Yet many academic translators fail to capture the work’s philosophical and spiritual subtlety, while others convey its poetry at the cost of literal meaning.

This new translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes fills the need for an Upanishads that is clear, simple, and insightful—yet remains faithful to the original Sanskrit.

As Western Sanskrit scholars who have spent their lives immersed in meditative practice, Katz and Egenes offer a unique perspective in penetrating the depths of Eastern wisdom and expressing these insights in modern yet poetic language. Their historical introduction is suited to newcomers and experienced readers alike, providing the perfect entry to this unparalleled work.

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  • “This beautiful new translation of the Upanishads by Katz and Egenes takes us full circle, conveying to our modern times the work’s authentic message of transcendence and unity.”

    David Lynch

  • In this exquisitely revealing translation of the ancient Upanishadic wisdom, Drs. Katz and Egenes have granted us profound new insights into the transcendent unity at the basis of our diverse, ephemeral universe. With great clarity and subtlety of expression, they have penetrated deeply into these ageless teachings, providing the modern reader with an invaluable understanding of the true nature of the self and the cosmos as experienced in higher states of consciousness. In so doing, they masterfully illuminate the core message of the Upanishads: that life in its essence is wholeness and bliss—a reality that can be, indeed should be, the living experience of everyone on earth.

    John Hagelin, PhD, international president, Global Union of Scientists for Peace

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About the Author

Vernon Katz received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied the Upanishads with Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became president of India. Katz’s books include The Blue Salon and Other Follies, an account of growing up as a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany.