The Upanishads constitute the highest wisdom of the Vedas – popularly known as Vedanta philosophy. There is no scripture as elevating and inspiring as the Upanishads. The very term “Upanishad” means: “Approaching God,” or “sitting near Guru,” or “secret teaching.” “Brahman or God alone is Real, this world-process is merely an appearance. Every soul is essentially Brahman.” This is the ringing note of the Upanishadic teachings. Whoever follows the path of realizing the Self or Brahman becomes a source of boundless inspiration for all mankind.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad belongs to Yajurveda. It is big in volume, therefore, it is called Brihad (big or great); and since ancient times it has been studied by spiritual aspirants in Forest (Aranya) Ashrams. Thereby named Brihad-Aranyaka. It covers a vast range of topics that give profound insight into the nature of the Self and the sadhana (spiritual discipline) that leads to Self-realization. It contains inspiring mystic dialogues: Yajnavalkya and Gargi, King Janaka and Yajnavalkya, Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi; as well as many insightful topics such as Panchagni Vidya (the Mystic knowledge of Fire). Brihada-Aranyaka Upanishad is a fountain-source of inspiration for aspirants who are seeking to gain Knowledge and Enlightenment!