Can anyone recommend a good translation of the principal Upanishads, preferably a book I can order. Thanks.

  • Although there is nothing wrong with your question since what is "good" is subjective, it makes your question "opinion based". – Rickross Nov 25 '20 at 10:57
  • @Rickross Should I answer it, or shall that be flagged? – Swapnil Nov 25 '20 at 11:32
  • this is duplicate of hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/40113/12304 and also opinion based... – YDS Nov 25 '20 at 11:41
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    @WillyWonka Hi! I personally study the commentary of Chinmayananda and Tejomayananda, may be you'll enjoy them too. – Swapnil Nov 25 '20 at 16:50
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    The Eight Upanishads vol 1&2 by Gambiranandha, mostly with comments from Adishankara is good. In this there is translation, transliteration and commentary which you can ignore if you want – Gopal Anantharaman Nov 26 '20 at 3:54

An excellent translation is by the combined efforts of the Irish poet Yeats and Sri Swami Purohit. It's called The Ten Principal Upanishads.

In fact Yeats relates that he was moved to make the translation after hearing great things about the Upanishads from his Indian friends but when leafing through the then translations available in English, he thought that if what they said was true, then the beauty of the original hadn't come through. Hence the combined effort by Sri Swami Purohit.

It's also a short book. Out of the 103 canonical Upanishads, the ten principals ones are:

  1. Isha
  2. Kena
  3. Katha
  4. Prashan
  5. Mundaka
  6. Mandukya
  7. Tattireya
  8. Aitareya
  9. Chhandoghya
  10. Brihadaranyaka

In toto, about a hundred and fifty pages as I recall and was first published in 1938.

  • Thanks, that one looks interesting, so I have ordered a paperback copy. I already have the Wordsworth Classics translation, but would like another translation to compare it to. – WillyWonka Nov 26 '20 at 14:58

The Principal Upanishads by S.Radhakrishnan is a reasonable book. The Upanishads by Swami Nikhilananda is also good.

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