Introduction

These talks on the Kena Upanishad were given by Vimala Thakar in 1994 at Dalhousie in India.

The Upanishads are dialogues between the rishis and their students. They are a phenomenal exercise and experiment in discovering the real through dialogue in the question and answer format. They are not like the six Schools of Indian Philosophy: Sankhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimansa and Vedanta. There is no propagation of philosophy, there is a direct pointing out of or a revealing of truth – that truth as revealed to the rishi by the life universal and the effort of the teacher to pour that truth into words in order to communicate it with the aspirants of truth. If there is no urge to discover the fundamental truth of life, then the Upanishads have no relevance to our life.