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The Upanishads: Wisdom for the Modern World
The Upanishads—the “finest part of the Vedas” were revealed to ancient sages thousands of years ago, and were originally secret teachings given only to a fortunate few. But how are these scriptures relevant to our lives today? What can they teach us?
In this article from 1990, Swami Rama explains that the wisdom of the Upanishads is timeless. These scriptures give practical and inspirational guidance on the most profound questions that we as humans face, such as: What is the purpose of my life? How can I live without fear? Do I need to renounce the world in order to achieve enlightenment? How can I learn to enjoy the world fully and in the right way—in other words, what is real happiness? What happens after death? What is the relationship of the individual soul to God, or supreme consciousness?
Through lively anecdotes from his own life, Swami Rama shows how these scriptures can help us overcome fear when our airplane has a failed engine; how we can replace jealousy and competition with love; and how to harness our emotional power rather than becoming the victim of emotion.
Read on, and discover how the teachings of the Upanishads can help you live a richer, more fulfilling life!