eBooks on
Vedanta & Upanishads


The Philosophy of the Panchadasi

A unique presentation on this unparalleled compendium, expounding the fundamental principles of Vedanta propounding the non-dual existence of Brahman, the supreme Absolute. Here is the entire Vedanta in a nutshell.
French translation

Commentary on the Panchadasi

A verse-by-verse commentary on the first six chapters of the Panchadasi.

The Realisation of the Absolute

A treatise on the Vedanta philosophy and its methodology. Written by Swamiji at the age of 26 years and still considered by many as one of the best and most concentrated of his books.
German Translation

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

A glossary of most of the Sanskrit terms used on this website.

Lessons on the Upanishads

Swamiji talks about the importance of the Upanishads as well as what is required for understanding them. The essence of the main Upanishads is discussed.

Essays on the Upanishads

A scholarly and in-depth exposition of the Isha, Kena and Katha Upanishads. Beautifully presented and mystical.
French translation

The Secret of the Katha Upanishad

A psycho-philosophical analysis of the contents of the famous Katha Upanishad. The Katha Upanishad traces through the zigzag movements of the soul from personal individuality through cosmic vision until it reaches the Absolute.
German translation

Commentary on the Kathopanishad

Here Swamiji gives a verse-by-verse commentary of the Kathopanishad. There is also a transliteration and translation of each verse.

The Esoteric Significance of the Kathopanishad

This is a series of discourses that Swamiji gave during a special Sadhana Week that was held in April, 1982, on the occasion of Swamiji's 60th birth anniversary.

The Essence of the Aitareya and Taittiriya Upanishads

An acute analysis of the Upanishadic doctrine of universal creation and the involvement of individual suffering when the individual separates itself from the cosmic structure.
Serbian translation | Serbian translation in Latin script

The Mandukya Upanishad

The quintessential teaching of the Mandukya Upanishad of the Atharva Veda unfolded with lucidity. A profound analysis of the waking, dream and deep sleep states by the seer and sage of deep insight.
Serbian translation | Serbian translation in Latin script
German translation

Isavasya Upanishad for Beginners

A series of talks that Swamiji gave in Hindi on the Isavasya Upanishad, which were translated into English.
German translation

The Mundaka Upanishad

Among the Upanishads, the Mundaka is regarded as one of the most important. It throws a flood of light on the Jnana Marga (path of Knowledge) and leads the aspirant to the highest rung in the ladder of Jnana.
German translation

Commentary on the Mundaka Upanishad

Here is a verse-by-verse commentary of the Mundaka Upanishad, with a transliteration of the verses. As always, Swamiji brings out the essential meaning of this holy scripture.

The Essence of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

This essential purport of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad provides a magnificent scope for aiding seekers in the practice of meditation in the higher reaches and more advanced forms of spiritual life.

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

This is a highly advanced philosophical and mystical text, and is one of the major Upanishads consitituting the basic canons on which the whole philosophy of India and its general outlook of life may be said to be founded.

The Chhandogya Upanishad

This is of the most prominent among the major group of philosophical and mystical texts constituting one of the threefold foundations of India's spiritual lore, the tripod of Indian culture, being consituted of the Upanishads, the Brahmasutras and the Bhagavadgita.
German translation

An Analysis of the Brahma Sutra

Interpretation of the Upanishads and an exposition of inexplicable propositions made in the Upanishads which an ordinary intellect cannot grasp directly.
German translation

The Brahma Sutra on the Final Salvation of the Soul

This is an introduction to the Brahma Sutra's fourth and most important chapter, which deals the salvation of the soul, the attainment of liberation.

The Brahma Sutras as a Moksha Shastra

In this series Swami Krishnananda focuses primarily on the fourth, called Phala Adhyaya, The Fruit of Knowledge, which deals with the attainment of moksha, liberation.

Brahma Sutras by Swami Sivananda

A clear and easy exposition by Swami Sivananda. Swamiji has given useful information which will not be found elsewhere. An elaborate introduction precedes the work, along with a short introduction and summary of the different Adhikaranas (Topics) preceding each Pada (Section). Each Sutra contains a word-by-word and a running translation as well as commentary.