Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2000 Series (31 lectures)
By Swami Jyotirmayananda
These audio lectures were recorded at the Ashram of Swami Jyotirmayananda in Miami, Florida
(MP3 CD version)
The Upanishads constitute the highest wisdom of the Vedas – popularly known as Vedanta philosophy. There is no scripture as elevating and inspiring as the Upanishads. The very term “Upanishad” means: “Approaching God,” or “sitting near Guru,” or “secret teaching.” “Brahman or God alone is Real, this world-process is merely an appearance. Every soul is essentially Brahman.” This is the ringing note of the Upanishadic teachings. Whoever follows the path of realizing the Self or Brahman becomes a source of boundless inspiration for all mankind.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad belongs to Yajurveda. It is big in volume, therefore, it is called Brihad (big or great); and since ancient times it has been studied by spiritual aspirants in Forest (Aranya) Ashrams. Thereby named Brihad-Aranyaka. It covers a vast range of topics that give profound insight into the nature of the Self and the sadhana (spiritual discipline) that leads to Self-realization. It contains inspiring mystic dialogues: Yajnavalkya and Gargi, King Janaka and Yajnavalkya, Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi; as well as many insightful topics such as Panchagni Vidya (the Mystic knowledge of Fire). Brihada-Aranyaka Upanishad is a fountain-source of inspiration for aspirants who are seeking to gain Knowledge and Enlightenment!