Mandukya Upanishad
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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

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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.

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