- any of a class of speculative prose treatises composed between the 8th and 6th centuries b.c. and first written a.d. c1300: they represent a philosophical development beyond the Vedas, having as their principal message the unity of Brahman and Atman.
Origin of Upanishad
< Sanskrit upaniṣad, equivalent to upa near + ni- down + -ṣad, sandhi variant of sad- sit1
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For him who knows this, there is this Upanishad, or secret vow, 'Beg not!'Sacred Books of the East</p>
The primary meaning is the plain sense of the terms of the Upanishad, and Vyas says it in his aphorisms.Chaitanya's Life And Teachings
Krishna das Kaviraja
The sketch of his doctrines which it contains is clearly a preliminary study elaborated and amplified in the Upanishad.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)
According to an Upanishad to the Samaveda, guilt or innocence is proved by the grasping a red-hot axe; a burn is a proof of guilt.
The remainder of this Upanishad is supplementary, but contains several passages of considerable interest.A History of Sanskrit Literature
Arthur A. MacDonell
- Hinduism any of a class of the Sanskrit sacred books probably composed between 400 and 200 bc and embodying the mystical and esoteric doctrines of ancient Hindu philosophy
C19: from Sanskrit upanisad a sitting down near something, from upa near to + ni down + sīdati he sits
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Word Origin and History for upanishad
class of treatises in Sanskrit literature, 1805, from Sanskrit upa-nishad, literally "a sitting down beside," from upa "near to" (see up) + ni-shad "to sit or lie down."
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