Upanishad

[oo-pan-i-shad, oo-pah-ni-shahd]
noun Hinduism.
any of a class of speculative prose treatises composed between the 8th and 6th centuries b.c. and first written a.d. c1300: they represent a philosophical development beyond the Vedas, having as their principal message the unity of Brahman and Atman.

Origin:
< Sanskrit upaniṣad, equivalent to upa near + ni- down + -ṣad, sandhi variant of sad- sit1

Upanishadic, adjective
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Upanishad (uːˈpʌnɪʃəd, -ˌʃæd, juː-)
 
n
Hinduism any of a class of the Sanskrit sacred books probably composed between 400 and 200 bc and embodying the mystical and esoteric doctrines of ancient Hindu philosophy
 
[C19: from Sanskrit upanisad a sitting down near something, from upa near to + ni down + sīdati he sits]
 
Upani'shadic
 
adj

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Upanishad
class of treatises in Skt. literature, 1805, from Skt. upa-nishad, lit. "a sitting down beside," from upa "near to" (see up) + ni-shad "to sit or lie down."
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Upanishads [(ooh-pah-nuh-shahdz, ooh-pan-uh-shadz)]

A group of writings sacred in Hinduism concerning the relations of humans, God, and the universe.

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