The Upanisads are the central scriptures of Hinduism. They represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the development of religious ideas in India and because they are our greatest source for the religious, social, and intellectual history of ancient India. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualismof the Veda into new religious ideas and institutions. The first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship. The introduction and detailed notes make this edition ideal for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian religions.
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I must admit, I've never read any other translations of the Upanishads, but this gets 5 stars nonetheless.
The 1st reason is that, as you'll soon find out when you crack the book open, the author is someone who obviously strives for precision in accuracy, and gives thorough explanation in order to allow the reader greater understanding of what certain vague or symbolic passages may be trying to say.
I've had this book for over a year, I love it.