The Upanishads
Composed almost three thousand years ago, these teachings
would later become central to the development of Hinduism, and
indirectly would exert influence on other Eastern religious
traditions.  Perhaps half of the people in the world lead lives
today that reflect, in some degree, the influence of these
documents.  The Upanishads show ways of overcoming the
endless cycle of rebirth and death, teaching a spiritual
detachment and balance that still has power to inspire and
instruct.  
TIPS FOR READERS

Valerie Roebuck's
lucid translation, well
backed by notes and
a glossary, was my
introduction to this
text.  It is available
in an affordable
Penguin edition.  



A MODERN TWIST . . .

Frits Staal describes
his encounter with a
modern survival of
the Agni fire sacrifice
of the Vedas, from
April 12 to 25, 1975,
in his Agni:  The
Vedic Ritual of the
Fire Altar.  (Be
forewarned:  this
volume is hard to
track down -- I had to
order mine from
India.)