Meaning of ‘Upanishad’
The term ‘Upanishad’ literally means, “sitting down near” or “sitting close to”, and implies listening closely to the mystical doctrines of yoga through a teacher, who has cognized the fundamental truths of nature. It points to a period in time where groups of students sat near the teacher and learned the respected teachings in the quietude of forest ‘ashrams’.
The Upanishads form the core of Indian philosophy. They are a collection of writings from original oral transmissions, which may be described as “the supreme work of the Indian mind”.
The Upanishads also set forth the prime Vedic doctrines of self-realization, yoga and meditation. The Upanishads are summits of thought on mankind and the universe, designed to push human thought to the very limit and beyond. They give us both spiritual vision and philosophical argument, and it is by directed personal effort that we can find the truth.
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