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 (o͞o-păn′ə-shăd′, o͞o-pä′nĭ-shäd′)
Any of a group of philosophical treatises contributing to the theology of ancient Hinduism, elaborating on the earlier Vedas.

[Sanskrit upaniṣat, upaniṣad- : upa, under, near; see upo in Indo-European roots + ni, down + sīdati, sad-, he sits (probably from the fact that students would sit at their teacher's feet while listening to instruction); see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

U·pan′i·shad′ic adj.
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(uːˈpʌnɪʃəd; -ˌʃæd; juː-)
(Hinduism) 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
[C19: from Sanskrit upanisad a sitting down near something, from upa near to + ni down + sīdati he sits]
Uˌpaniˈshadic adj
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(uˈpæn ɪˌʃæd, uˈpɑ nɪˌʃɑd)

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.
[1800–10; < Skt upaniṣad]
U•pan`i•shad′ic, adj.
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Noun1.Upanishad - 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"
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In Upanishads food is generalized as sustaining substance or nurturing object.
Primary sources stating that the world is an illusion go as far back as the Upanishads: "The world in its entirety is a projection from the self of the maker of illusions (Brhad-Aranyaka Upanishad 2.5.19)." The Upanishads do put forth the claim that humanity can be led astray; but they do not teach that the world is a game of shadows, absolute illusion or non-truth.
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Many of them believe that the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and other scriptures are the words of God and are filled with scientific facts.
Ancient Indian wisdom as revealed in the Upanishads has a lot to say about human consciousness (Radhakrishnan, 1994, Ramabrahmam, 1997, 2004, 2005a, 2005b, 2007a, 2014, 2016).
On a tour through the cosmos as envisioned in key classical Hindu sources and in some of their modern heirs, Frazier tries to reconstruct views of different realms and levels of reality as depicted in such texts as the Vedas and Upanishads, Sutras and Sastras, the Mahabharata, and later contexts of text and practice.
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha explains the subtle truths of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Geeta in a rational but profound and traditional manner.
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