Author: Swami Vimalananda
Publisher: Chinmaya Mission Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): T0026
The Upanishads are the foundation of Vedanta. The Chandogya Upanishad is one of the ten major Upanishads. It is a very comprehensive work covering a variety of topics like various forms of worship and meditation, the theory of creation, the path to liberation etc. The range of topics covered makes it interesting and complete, benefiting a variety of seekers.
The crux of the Chandogya Upanishad is found in the sixth chapter wherein the famous Mahavakya-Tat Tvam Asi is declared. Here the Upanishad presents Brahma Vidya (the knowledge of the Supreme Truth) in a drama-dialogue style, as a discussion between the Guru-father, Uddalaka Rishi and his disciple-son, Shvetaketu. The central teaching of Vedanta-the oneness between the individual and the Supreme Truth, is brought home by striking similes and apt metaphors.
SWAMINI VIMALANANDA has a good grasp of the subject. Her style of narration makes the text easy to understand. Her lucid notes are sure to benefit the reader.