Episode 11 – The Upanishads (Part One)

Thousands of years ago, using techniques of deep meditation, Indian mystics conducted investigations into the powers of the universe and the nature of human consciousness, developing ideas about a single supreme god, the eternal soul, and the relationship of individuals to the spiritual cosmos. Their flashes of insight were passed along orally for hundreds of years before being recorded in written form sometime around 900 B.C. The best of these are now called the Upanishads, and their teachings have provided a philosophical tradition to hundreds of millions of practitioners of the Hindu religion as well as many other seekers of wisdom and truth. In this episode, host Jacke Wilson introduces his project to investigate the nature of the Upanishads and see what these ancient texts might (or might not) be able to provide to a modern-day seeker.

 

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Texts:

The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality) (tr. Easwaran)

The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal (tr. Prabhavanada)

The Norton Anthology of World Literature (Third Edition) (Vol. Package 1: Vols. A, B, C)

Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Jalandhar” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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6 thoughts on “Episode 11 – The Upanishads (Part One)

  1. Serendipitous – LIstened to your other podcast on the Upanishads after I had walked this morning and was contemplating the unity of all – and how that fact eludes us the majority of the time. NOt wanting to accept myself a ‘believer’ , I have missed the ineffable. And I need that sense of the ineffable.
    And the complexity of the internet age is dscombobulating- I both embrace and abhor it. The human – still evolving I guess. I know only questions, know no answers, know I don’t even know the questions. Exciting.

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