Definitions for upanishaduˈpæn ɪˌʃæd, uˈpɑ nɪˌʃɑd
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U•pan•i•shaduˈpæn ɪˌʃæd, uˈpɑ nɪˌʃɑd(n.)
any of a class of Hindu treatises, usu. in dialogue form, composed between the 8th and 6th centuries b.c. and first written a.d. c1300.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of Upanishad:
1800–10; < Skt upaniṣad
a later sacred text of Hinduism of a mystical nature dealing with metaphysical questions
"the Vedanta philosophy developed from the pantheistic views of the Upanishads"
An authorless Hindu religious and philosophical text considered to be an early source of the religion, found mostly as the concluding part of the Brahmanas and in the Aranyakas.
The Upanishads are a collection of Vedic texts which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are also known as Vedanta. The Upanishads are considered by Hindus to contain revealed truths concerning the nature of ultimate reality and describing the character and form of human salvation. The Upanishads are found mostly in the concluding part of the Brahmanas and Aranyakas and have been passed down in oral tradition. More than 200 Upanishads are known, of which the first dozen or so are the oldest and most important and are referred to as the principal or main Upanishads. The mukhya Upanishads all predate the Common Era, possibly from the Pre-Buddhist period down to the Maurya period. The remainder of the Muktika canon was mostly composed during medieval Hinduism, and new Upanishads continued being composed in the early modern and modern era, down to at least the 20th century. With the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahmasutra, the mukhya Upanishads provide a foundation for the several later schools of Vedanta, among them, two influential monistic schools of Hinduism.
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