Vernon Katz received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied The Upanishads with Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became president of India. Thomas Egenes received his doctorate from the University of Virginia, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He has written some of today's leading guides for learning Sanskrit, which are used at universities in the United States, Europe and Australia.
"This beautiful new translation of The Upanishads by Katz and
Egenes takes us full circle, conveying to our modern times the
work's authentic message of transcendence and unity."
"In this exquisitely revealing translation of the ancient
Upanishadic wisdom, Drs. Katz and Egenes have granted us profound
new insights into the transcendent Unity at the basis of our
diverse, ephemeral universe. With great clarity and subtlety of
expression, they have penetrated deeply into these ageless
teachings, providing the modern reader with an invaluable
understanding of the true nature of the Self and the cosmos as
experienced in higher states of consciousness. In so doing, they
masterfully illuminate the core message of The Upanishads that life
in its essence is wholeness and bliss--a reality that can be,
indeed should be, the living experience of everyone on earth."
--John Hagelin, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Maharishi University of Management; International President, Global Union of Scientists for Peace "The Upanishads are among the greatest edifices to higher states of consciousness in world literature, and this marvelous translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes eloquently conveys the transcendent insights and exalted poetry of the original texts. Their work displays an impressive command of the philosophical concepts embedded in the original Sanskrit and brings the words of the ancient sages vividly to life in beautifully crafted, accessible English. Both the scholar and the general reader will appreciate the clarity with which this volume evokes the experience of ultimate reality beyond the limitations of human thought, which is The Upanishads' singular focus."
--Barbara A. Holdrege, Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of South Asian Studies Committee, University of California, Santa Barbara