Six Questions in the Prasna Upanishad

The Bhagavad Gita and the Prasna Upanishad are the closest examples in the "Eastern Canon" to a dialectical dialogue, such as a Platonic dialogue. In the Prasna Upanishad, we encounter six students full of devotion to Brahman, "the Supreme Spirit." In their quest for the highest Brahman they approach the holy Pippalada to explain the … Continue reading Six Questions in the Prasna Upanishad

Notes on the Isha Upanishad

In the Isha Upanishad (perhaps meaning hidden or enveloped in the lord or ruler), there is an acknowledgement of the distinction between the 'transient' and the 'eternal.' In the opening line, the eternal is identified as superior to the transient. One who dwells exceedingly on the latter will descend into darkness, but one who acts according … Continue reading Notes on the Isha Upanishad