Below is a modernized, Lightning Path version of the Isha Upanishad. This modernized version of the ancient Upanishad takes English text provided by Katch and Egenes,2 and brings it forward to modern standards of English grammer and communication.

The text here is organized into two sections. The first section is the modernized version of the upanishad, and the second section contains this modernized version interpoloated with the translation provided by Katch and Egenes. You can read through the interpolation to judge for yourself the veracity/accuracy of the modernization.

The Īsha Upanishad is fairly straight forward. It opens with a statement about proper orientation to the fruits of Creation. It makes a statement about the importance of paying attention to cause and effect, and then gives advice on the importance of achieving Connection, making some statements on the difference between Self and “mind” or, using LP lingo, between the spiritual ego and bodily ego. It also gives some advice on proper intellectual orientatin. The Upanishad ends with an affirmation requesting assistance, authentic connection, persistent apprehension of truth, and union.


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