Kena Upanishad with Shankara’s Commentary

by S. Sitarama Sastri | 1905 | 13,003 words

The Kena Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems discussing the attributes of Brahman: the unchanging, infinite universal spirit. Brahman is further proposed as the cause for all the forces of nature, symbolized as Gods. This commentary by Shankara focuses on ‘Advaita Vedanta’, or non-dualism: one of the classical orthodox philosophies o...

The increasing interest evinced by the thinking world in the Philosophy and Religion of the Hindus has led me to undertake the publication of the translation of the principal Upanishads.

The special feature of this publication is the translation of the commentary of Sri Sankaracharya, the greatest exponent of the Advaita system of philosophy.

The work has been undertaken chiefly with a view to bring within easy reach of the English-reading public the priceless teachings of the Upanishads, in the light of the interpretation of Sri Sankaracharya.

The spirit of the text and of the interpretation has throughout been faithfully adhered to and, perhaps, in some instances, even to the detriment of elegance in diction.

If the earnest student finds any the least help from this work, the publication will be amply justified.

My hearty thanks are due to Mr. V. Swaminatha Iyer, District Munsiff, for the care with which he went through the translation and for his many valuable-suggestions.

April 1905.


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