5. Do it Yourself: Indra’s Search for the Self in the Upaniṣads
The god Indra seeks to learn the nature of his own self from another god, Prajāpati, and receives an answer worth waiting for.
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• B. Black, “The Rhetoric of Secrecy in the Upaniṣads,” in S.E. Lindquist (ed.), Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond (Florence: 2011), 101-25.
• J. Ganeri, The Concealed Art of the Soul: Theories of Self and Practices of Truth in Indian Ethics and Epistemology (Oxford: 2007). [Note: the script for this episode is based partially on the discussion of the Upaniṣads in this book.]
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• M. Kapstein, “Indra’s Search for the Self and the Beginnings of Philosophical Perplexity in India,” in M. Kapstein, Reason’s Traces (Somerville: 2001), ch. 2.