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My name is Matthew Barnes and I am the best-selling author of The Emerald Tablet 101, The Tao Te Ching 101, and several others. My newest release, The Bhagavad Gita 101 (see below), is now available in paperback and kindle. I am currently working on The Upanishads 101.
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My Newest Release
The Hindu Upanishads are among the best known and most beloved philosophical/religious/spiritual works in the world, and are also among the oldest, predating the earliest known works of Greek philosophy.
Loosely translated, Upanishad means “sitting at the feet of the masters”. Each one is found at the end of one of the four main Vedas (or Hindu “Bibles”) and is formatted as a “question and answer session” between student and teacher.
Imagine being able to sit at the feet of Buddha, Christ, or some other spiritual master and asking questions that would clarify the meaning of the scriptures for you. This is what the Upanishads are for the Hindus.
Though not well known by the masses, the teachings contained within their pages have influenced some of the greatest minds of our time, including T.S. Elliot, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Arthur Schopenhaur, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and president John Adams, just to name a few. They have also influenced Buddhism, the modern “New Age” movement, and just about every other religion that we know of today.
The goal of this series is to help you experience the “fountainhead” of modern spiritual thought for yourself, but in a greatly simplified manner.
The Chandogya 101 is the second work in this series.
“Whether you are aware of it or not, we are all evolving in consciousness—our minds are continually growing, ripening, maturing.
“We are all on a journey of discovery, and insight is the destination.”
-from the first chapter