The Upanishads are classified as Hindu philosophical texts and were passed down by oral tradition. Like Buddhism, Hinduism is not easily classifiable as a religion and is often described as a “way of life”. The excellent thought provoking article by Alistair Shearer entitled “The Luminous Self“, shows how the wisdom of the Upanishads is applicable today and is well worth a read:
“Each day it becomes clearer that the glib promises held out by scientific materialism and the free market will not suffice to heal the heart, order the mind, and restore in us that compassion and nobility of purpose which befits our species and our destiny.
And this is where the perennial wisdom of the Upanishads comes in. Now, more than ever, these ancient texts offer invaluable education in what is our true evolutionary priority—the development of the unused cosmic potential that resides in each and every one of us. This latent spiritual intelligence is our human birthright, waiting to be uncovered. It is the one tool that is indispensable if we are to solve our manifold problems. The fruit of this intelligence is the realization that we are one Self. Unless we begin to live this reality, our future is bleak indeed.”
The rest of the article can be found here.