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Sat 30 Dec 2023

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (UTC+5.5)

Three Vedantic Perspectives On ISHAVASYA UPANISHAD

The Upanishads are primarily concerned with spiritual knowledge and liberation, and they explore questions about the nature of reality, the self, and the universe. They are known for their profound insights and poetic language, and they have influenced countless thinkers and spiritual seekers over the centuries.

The Upanishads have had a profound impact on Indian culture and thought. They have influenced Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, and they continue to be studied and practiced by millions of people around the world.

The Isavasya Upanishad is one of the most important and influential Upanishads. It is a short text, consisting of only 18 verses, but it is packed with profound wisdom about the nature of reality, the Self, and the ultimate goal of human life.

In this talk, the speaker will address these topics:

  1. A quick overview of Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita bhashyas on the Isavasya Upanishad
  2. Highlights of the differences between these three schools regarding the interpretation of this Upanishad.
  3. Can these three views be reconciled? If so, how?

Krishna Kashyap

Krishna Kashyap has devoted significant time on Vedanta / Sanskrit / Yoga studies and practice for several decades. He was an engineer and businessman by profession. Currently he is retired and lives in India after working in the USA for about 39 years.

He studied 

  1. Sanskrit Vyakarana, Kavya and Tarka up to “Sahitya Level” under:
  2. MahaMahopadhyaya Sri N.T Srinivasa Iyengar, Vidwan Ananthakrishna shastri, HH Rangapriya Swamiji and Vidwan C Anantacharya and Maha-Mahopadhyaya (MM) Korada Subrahmanyam.

Upanishads, Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita Commentaries of Sri Shankaracharya, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya under:

Vidwan Sri Sampath Iyengar (well-known expert on Gita), Vidwan S.M.Srinivasa Chari (who has written several books on Vedanta), Maha-Mahopadhyaya N.S Anantha Rangachar, author of over 100 books on philosophy (President of India Award winner), HH Rangapriya Swamiji, Sri Maha-Mahopadhyaya K.S Varadachar (President of India Award winner) and Prof. M.A Alwar.

He has taught Bhagavad Gita Commentaries by Sri Shankaracharya, Sri Ramanujacharya and Sri Madhvacharya several times. During the last 2 years Krishna Kashyap has taught 3 courses at the Hindu University of America (hua.edu): 1) Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita 2) Three Vedantic Perspectives on the Bhagavad-Gita 3) Three Vedantic Perspectives on the Isa-vasya Upanishad.