The Upanishads are a precious aspect of the Vedic Literature of India, the land of the Veda.
It is the good fortune of the world at this time that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has gathered the
scattered, thousands-of-years-old Vedic Literature into a complete science of consciousness
for its full theoretical and practical value.
Maharishi has brought to light a profound understanding of Veda and the Vedic
Literature-that they comprise the basic structure of Natural Law at the basis of the
universe. Veda and the Vedic Literature are the unseen, fundamental impulses of intelligence
at the basis of the orderly evolution of the ever-expanding universe-which includes the
orderly evolution of individual life.
With this understanding, we appreciate that the full meaning of the Upanishads is
not found in books. Rather, the Upanishads are structures of our own intelligence, our own
consciousness, our Self, and can be directly experienced in the simplest state of our own
awareness. While reading stories from the Upanishads, it is important to remember that they
are about the qualities of pure consciousness. Even though the stories describe the comings
and goings of people and events, at a more subtle level of understanding, these stories
describe the dynamics of consciousness found within everyone.
The connection between the Vedic Literature and our own consciousness can be clearly
seen in the recent discovery o Professor Tony Nader, M.D., Ph. D. Under Maharishi's
guidance, Dr. Nader has found a precise correspondence between the different aspects of Veda
and Vedic Literature and the structures and functions of human physiology. This discovery
shows that every one of us is Veda. Every one of us has the total intelligence of Natural
Law and its infinite organizing power within our own mind and body.
The beautiful, evolutionary qualities of consciousness expressed by the Upanishads
and all other aspects of the Vedic Literature-qualities such as unifying, harmonizing,
enlightening, transcending, and blossoming of Totality-are enlivened in the individual
through the practical technologies of consciousness of Maharishi Vedic Science and the
Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. The result of practicing these
technologies is that our thinking and behavior become more creative, life-supporting, and
free from mistakes-more in harmony with Natural Law, and therefore more and more successful
This is the daily experience of millions of people throughout the world who practice
the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs-that health, happiness, mental
potential, and harmonious relationships grow naturally and spontaneously. Over 600
scientific research studies conducted at more than 200 universities and research
institutions in 30 countries have confirmed the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation
and TM Sidhi programs for all aspects of life-mind, body, behavior, and society. Those who
practice these technologies will find, as they read and re-read these stories from the
Upanishads, deeper meaning and connection with this knowledge, which describes the reality
of their own intelligence, their own Self.
The Upanishads especially focus on the ultimate reality of life; they express the
full glory of the Self, Atma, by gaining which nothing else is left to be gained. The
Upanishads bring out that the true nature of the Self is wholeness, the totality of Natural
Law, Brahman. From this level of experience, everyone and everything is near and dear to us
as our own Self; one flows in universal love, nourishing everyone and everything.
Traditionally, the Upanishads were passed down from teacher to student.
"Upa-ni-shad" literally means "to sit down near." Maharishi explains this as "everything
sits down near the Veda." In other words, when we know the essence of everything to be Veda,
then we have gained the fruit of all knowledge.
The Upanishads contain beautiful and exhilarating phrases such as "Thou art That"
(Tat tvam asi), "I am Totality" (Aham Brahmasmi), and "All this is Brahman-Totality" (Sarvam
khalv idam Brahma). These phrases are nothing less than descriptions of the supreme
awakening of consciousness to its own true nature. They are known as "great sayings'
(mahavakya) because they describe the essential teaching of the Upanishads in compact
expressions. Maharishi describes these sayings as the final strokes of knowledge from the
teacher, which fully enlighten the student who is ready to receive them; then Wholeness
dawns in the awareness. In reading the stories from the Upanishads we are thus reminded of
the flow of our life towards its supreme goal,
Maharishi explains that the Upanishads, like all other aspects of Veda and the Vedic
Literature, were cognized by the great enlightened Vedic Rishis, or seers; the profound
truths dawned spontaneously in the silent depths of their own pure consciousness. Their
cognitions are expressed in the language of nature, Sanskrit. According to the Muktika
Upanishad (1.30-9), there are 108 Upanishads, with ten principal Upanishads (Isha, Kena,
Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Chhandogya, and
Brihadaranyaka). In this book, the name of the Upanishad's is written under each story's
title. Sanskrit words and phrases that appear in each story are listed at the end of the
book, along with their pronunciation and meaning.
Maharishi founded the Global Country of world Peace on October 7, 2000, and on
October 12th he crowned Professor Tony Nader as the first sovereign ruler of the Global
Country of World Peace with the title 'His Majesty Raja Nader Raam.
Back of the Book
The Upanishads include some of the most beloved and illuminating stories from the vast
literature of India's vedic tradition. Adapted from the original text, these tales tell the
story of enlightenment in simple, poetic language that will appeal to all. The power and
beauty of vedic life unfolds in a variety of settings: a teacher and his student in a
secluded forest ashram, a great seer meditating in a Himalayan retreat, and a proud king
bowing to the wisdom of the poor.
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