The Upanishads are also referred as Vedanta in the sense that not only they are the ending portions of the Vedas but more importantly they summarize the philosophy of the Vedas. The term “Upanishat” means that they are conversations on Brahman, Jeeva and Jagat between a Guru, who has realized Brahman and Shishyas, who are sincere seekers of Brahman.
The questions and answers contained in Upanishads are of eternal and universal relevance.
There are many Upanishads and they contain great spiritual experiences of innumerable seers (rishis). The triadic foundational literature of Sanatana Dharma (popularly known as Hinduism) refer to Upanishads, Bramasutras and Bhagavadgita.
Yoga is rooted in Upanishads. In this workshop, an introduction to Upanishads and their importance and relevance for spiritual seekers will be discussed. The vision and message of Upanishads will be presented. Example passages from Taittiriya and Katha Upanishat will be discussed.
Dr. M.G. Prasad is a spiritual disciple of yogi-seer Sriranga Sadguru, founder of Ashtanga Yoga Vijnana Mandiram, Mysore, India. Dr. Prasad has written several books on Hinduism.
Dr. M.G. Prasad has presented lectures on Hinduism at universities, temples and inter-faith conferences. He regularly conducts classes on Vedic scriptures. He has been an instructor at several camps on Hinduism. He was chairperson of the education committee of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society, Bridgewater, New Jersey. He is currently on the Advisory council of the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Queens, New York. Also he is member of the advisory board for the office of the dean of religious life at Princeton University. Dr. Prasad is a professor of mechanical engineering with specialization in acoustics and vibration at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey.