The Upanishads: An Introduction
The history of Indian literature is the history of atleast 3000 years expressed through speech and writing. They are divided into two traditions: shruti and smriti. Texts like the Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Aryankas, and the Upanishads are a part of this tradition. The Upanishads are considered to be the last section of these shruti traditions and are commonly refered as Vedanta. These texts formed the base of later Hindu thoughts.
These ten sessions are planned in such a way that they explain the underlying concepts and meanings in these texts.
Instructor: Dr. Roshen Dalal.
1. Introduction to the texts
2. Early Upanishads
3. Samanya Vedanta Upanishads
4. Deity Upanishads
5. Yoga Upanishads
6. Sannyasa Upanishads
7. The Brahma Sutra
8. Vedanta and other philosophies
About the Instructor:
Dr. Roshen Dalal has an MA and PhD in ancient Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has taught at both school and university, and has been involved in research in the fields of history, religion and philosophy, and education. She is the author of twelve books: the best-selling two volume Puffin History of India; The Puffin History of the World, also in two volumes; India at 70: Snapshots Since Independence;The Religions of India: A Concise Guide to Nine Major Faiths; Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide; The Vedas: An Introduction to Hinduism’s Sacred Texts; The 108 Upanishads; The Compact Timeline History of the World, and the latest book, Jiddu Krishnamurti: A Life of Compassion beyond Boundaries. She has also written one novel, The Guru Who Came Down from the Mountain. Apart from books, she has written numerous articles and book reviews.