• Mandukya Upanishad
translated by Swami Gambhirananda

This Upanishad is a part of the Atharva Veda. It is not an easy scripture to read, but is none the less an important book for the study of Vedanta.

  • Gambhirananda: 245 pages, Indian paperback 81-7505-099-3
    Lokeswarananda: 281 pages, Indian paperback 81-85843-71-6
  • Nikhilananda: 320 pages, Indian paperback 81-7505-022-5

    Sarvananda: 51 pages, Indian paperback 81-7120-503-8

This Upanishad is a part of the Atharva Veda. It is not an easy scripture, but is none the less an important book for the study of Vedanta. It is one of the shortest of the ten principal Upanishads, and like the other Upanishads discusses the problem of ultimate reality.

The scripture is important enough in Vedanta that Vedanta's chief exponent, Shankara wrote a full commentary on the book. Three of the translations therefore have Shankara's commentary.

The Lokeswarananda edition has the Devanagari script, Roman transliteration, and English translation and includes Gaudapada's Karika. It has extensive notes based on Shankara's commentary. It also has the largest print of the four translations.

The Sarvananda translation has Devanagari script, English translation and brief commentary. It is a straightforward, traditional approach.

The Gambhirananda, Lokeswarananda and Nikhilananda translations come with Gaudapada's Kalika and extensive commentary by Shankara. The famed Karika of Gaudapada is fully explored in these translations.

Swami Nikhilananda, seeing the extreme brevity of the verses, has given exhaustive notes on the scripture and the commentaries of Shankara and Gaudapada. Each verse of the Karika demands profound thinking before it can be understood. For some, this can indeed be a difficult scripture to study.

Global Rating: 3.33 from 3 reviews Add your review of this product
Review By Poonam Punwani

Mandukya Upanishad

Service was prompt. The book is a great help to understanding the shortest Upanishad.

Review By Satish Chohan

The Mandukya Upanishad

1) The book arrived promptly and well wrapped. 2) There were pages missing from the Foreward. As yet I am not sure if more pages are missing, cursery examination indicated that there are no further missing pages. 3) I have a problem reading the main book because I was expecting to see a linear listing of the Mandukya Upanishad, and then the commentary by Gaudapada and Sankaracharya. However, I cannot tell which Sanskrit verses are the actual Upanishad and which are Gaudapada's writings.
I am a complete beginner, but with some understanding of Sanskrit and am disappointed, not to be able to read the short Upanishad itself. Thank you for taking the time to follow up. I would not recommend purchasing this book if one wants to read the Upanishad verses first, you cannot find out which verses are which.

Review By Roswell Ellis


This is a good book and goes along with the lectures by Swami Priyananda. It is not a word for word translation; more of a phase transliteration. Since I am learning Sanskrit, it has beeen somewhat difficult to work with since I still have a limited (very) vocabulary. But still a wonderful book to further Vedanta education.