- 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
Examples from the Web for upanishads
It was similarly influenced in its origin by the Upanishads.
Buddha denied the existence of the Self-Soul of the Upanishads.
The essential theme of the Upanishads is the nature of the world-soul.
In the Upanishads it is the holy principle which animates nature.
This is very clearly enunciated in the philosophy of the Upanishads.The Metaphysic of Christianity and Buddhism
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- 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
Word Origin and History for upanishads
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."
A group of writings sacred in Hinduism concerning the relations of humans, God, and the universe.