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The Vedas and Upanishads for Children Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:9351952967
LANGUAGE:English

" A must read.In fact should be mandatory reading in schools.Beautifully translated,leaves one with a wonder about the age old wisdom and intelligence of the ancients.Yet,we call ourselves modern.One of the finest works I have read in a while.A very brief yet comprehensive account of the Upanishads. " said.

" If you are looking to know about how Vedas and Upanishads originated and the stories that made them, this is something I will highly recommend. It's a simple book that takes you through various facets surrounding our thought process. Well-researched and enjoyable to read. " said.

"After finishing "The Gita for Children" by Roopa Pai, I found that "The Vedas and Upanishads for Children" was slated to release in next 10 days. I was excited since a colleague of mine had spoken enthusiastically about Vedas and I wanted to read about them. Having read "The Gita for Children", I was sure that this would be a perfect book to start my quest to understand these difficult texts.

Roopa Pai's writing is amazing. This book, I'm pretty sure, can be of help to anyone looking to get started with Vedas and Upanishads. It's very easy to understand. Just like "The Gita for Children", I am sure that many people will buy this book for a kid in their family and end up reading it themselves! I wish the author had covered at least 10 more Upanishads. I was craving for more at the end of the book. ;)

Once again, just like with "The Gita for Children", this book is totally awesome at introducing huge texts in easy-to-digest language with even better examples/metaphors from day-to-day life. Thank you, Roopa Pai.
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"There is no single book which encapsulates the 'Hindu' thought and beliefs. That is the strength and also the confusing part of Hinduism.

In the past few generations in the pursuit of western education, in a attempt to remain secular and free from superstition/ rituals, which abounds in the current practice of the Hindu faith, the Hindus have not bothered to teach their own kids the basic beliefs and thoughts of their faith. Even I had a faint idea about it. Had a blind faith in the Gita and Sanatan Dharma without understanding the foundation. These books of Roopa Pai in the 42nd year of my existence have finally helped me realize the depth of knowledge and enlightenment which is part of my heritage. And I am thoroughly grateful for it. It makes me want to discover more.

This book is another of the classics after the Gita for Children which explains the gist of the Upanishads in a clear cut and easy to understand manner. At the same time it does include some of the actual names and terms to retain authenticity. Must read for all those who loved her previous book.

One minor grouse is that unlike Gita the Devnagari version of the sayings/ prayers are not included. This would have really helped with the pronunciations
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"I bought it for a 11year old, but was tempted to read it myself and I must admit that this book is a great place to start with, for anyone interested to explore the vedic religion. The author has managed to bring out the essence of the scriptures beautifully in a way today's teenagers can grasp, adding tidbits of history and science. The book starts with the basic facts of the scriptures, it's history and classification. Then the author has dealt with 10 Upanishads, describing the content of each in brief. It also has the important verses, their meaning and at times, how students can use this knowledge in real life. The states of mind, who am I, purpose of life, etc are very complex confusing concepts, but the author has written it well for a layman to understand.
At the end of the book, the reader is sure to be awestruck at the deep understanding and analysis of the human mind and the universe of the great sages who wrote the Vedas and Upanishads, how it is in sync with today's science, yet has the answers to questions unanswered by science.
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"This is a book that inspires. It inspires respect for our sage scientists, it inspires faith in oneself, and it inspires us to ethical action. I want to put this book in the hands of every teen around me.
The book doesn’t need a “bhakt”. But it will influence our thinking and open us to possibilities. I think the ideal outcome is that , teased by the wisdom, experienced and ‘facts’ in the book, the reader goes on a path of self discovery. Highly recommend. Roopa Pai, you rocked it.
Of course the knowledge in these original texts is so subtle and obtuse that there are parts where we seem to lose it. That’s when Roopa grabs our hand and somehow goads us to continue.
" said.

"There is no single book which encapsulates the 'Hindu' thought and beliefs. That is the strength and also the confusing part of Hinduism.

In the past few generations in the pursuit of western education, in a attempt to remain secular and free from superstition/ rituals, which abounds in the current practice of the Hindu faith, the Hindus have not bothered to teach their own kids the basic beliefs and thoughts of their faith. Even I had a faint idea about it. Had a blind faith in the Gita and Sanatan Dharma without understanding the foundation. These books of Roopa Pai in the 42nd year of my existence have finally helped me realize the depth of knowledge and enlightenment which is part of my heritage. And I am thoroughly grateful for it. It makes me want to discover more.

This book is another of the classics after the Gita for Children which explains the gist of the Upanishads in a clear cut and easy to understand manner. At the same time it does include some of the actual names and terms to retain authenticity. Must read for all those who loved her previous book.

One minor grouse is that unlike Gita the Devnagari version of the sayings/ prayers are not included. This would have really helped with the pronunciations
" said.

"This is a book that inspires. It inspires respect for our sage scientists, it inspires faith in oneself, and it inspires us to ethical action. I want to put this book in the hands of every teen around me.
The book doesn’t need a “bhakt”. But it will influence our thinking and open us to possibilities. I think the ideal outcome is that , teased by the wisdom, experienced and ‘facts’ in the book, the reader goes on a path of self discovery. Highly recommend. Roopa Pai, you rocked it.
Of course the knowledge in these original texts is so subtle and obtuse that there are parts where we seem to lose it. That’s when Roopa grabs our hand and somehow goads us to continue.
" said.

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