The Kena Upanishad and Schopenhauer: Revelation of Brahman in Will and Better Consciousness

Sabindra Raj Bhandari
2022 Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities  
This paper explores the speculations of the absolute reality projected in the Kena Upanishad and their reflections in the philosophy of Schopenhauer. His proclamations of Will remain as the metamorphosis of the absolute reality, Brahman, postulated in the Kena Upanishad. For Schopenhauer, every phenomenal manifestation is the objectification of Will. The Kena Upanishad also states similar nature of the absolute reality. Likewise, both the Kena Upanishad and Schopenhauer identify the individual
more » ... ith the entire cosmic Will as a whole. In this way, Schopenhauer's philosophical concepts of Will, ideas and better consciousness find their perfect explanation in the Kena Upanishad. In spite of the differences in time, space and context, it is very interesting to see the great coalescence of Schopenhauer's Will with the ideation of Brahman in the Kena Upanishad. They both bear similar tones and concepts in their essence. This paper applies the paradigm of qualitative approach, interpretive and explorative strategy, and uses the content analysis method to show the relation between the philosophical concepts of Schopenhauer with the enthralling ideas of cosmic speculations expressed in the Kena Upanishad.
doi:10.4038/sljssh.v2i1.57 fatcat:jynqqoxsuzax3kiws53qch4tfm