by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD.
This is a new translation, with an extensive commentary, of the Katha Upanishad. It is a dialogue between an accomplished master, Yamaraja, and an ardent seeker, Nachiketa. Their burning desire for unveiling the mysteries of life enabled them to invest all their resources—physical, mental, and spiritual—in the pursuit to live and not to die.
Step-by-step, testing Nachiketa’s preparedness for the highest truth, Yamaraja ultimately imparts Brahma vidya, the science and knowledge of the highest truth, on his student. This science, according to the scriptures, is absolute and transcendental—the essence of our soul. In order to receive this gift, we learn the steps necessary to prepare ourselves: how to cultivate a clear, calm, and tranquil mind; release the grip of our desires; shake off our inertia; and nurture a compassionate heart.
Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Pages/Length: 136 pages
Dimensions: 6 x .25 x 9 inches
Spirituality/ Eastern Philosophy
About the Author
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Family tradition gave him access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both written and oral tradition. He lived and studied with renowned adepts before meeting his spiritual master, Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Fluent in Vedic and classical Sanskrit, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the scriptures and holds two doctorates: Sanskrit, University of Allahabad; Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Author of 14 books, from scholarly analysis and scripture translation to spiritual biographies and yogic applications, he teaches worldwide while inspiring the Institute’s humanitarian work in Asia, Africa, and Mexico.