The word “Upanishad” is derived from the prefixes upa and ni added to the root sad. Here ‘upa’ means ‘near’, ‘ni’ means ‘down’ and ‘sad’ means ‘to sit’. i.e. sitting down near. In the ancient Gurukalas, disciples used to sit near the preceptor and learn the lessons of Upanishads by putting relevant questions. Hence this name became current for the dialogues of the preceptors and disciples. Speaking about them, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan has said, “Anyone who reads the Upanishads in original Sanskrit will be caught up and carried away by the elevation, the poetry, the compelling fascination of the many utterances.” While explaining the need of the study of the Upanishads he says, “Nothing is more sacred to man than his own history. At least as the memorials of the past, the Upanishads are worth our attention.”
Here is a series of talks on the entire Upanishads written by Dr Gautam Patel, well known Sanskrit scholar, with around 5 decades of experience in the field of education in the language. He is also conferred with the titles of Mahamahopadhyaya, Vachaspati, Vidyavachaspati, Vedratna, and Brahmarshi as a recognition for his immense contribution in the field of Sanskrit.