The present work is a comparative study of the major Upanisads and Theravada Pali canon. It reveals remarkable similarities in ideas, parallelisms in thought, even varbatim similarities in the Upanisadic and Tipitakan phraseology on the issues like self and Non-self Karma and Rebirth etc. An attempt is made to find out the influence of the Upanisads on early Buddhist thought. It lays bare the grounds of rejection certain Upanisadic concepts at the hands of the Buddhist who remoulded and modified a few of them to suit their own expression of inward experience. It is divided into nine chapters.
The first chapter introducers the work. Chapters second to eight deal with the problems regarding the concept of personal God, self and Non-self, Pancakosa and Pancaskandha, Karma and Rebirth, Aryasatya and Ariyasaca, Brahma cakra and Dhamma cakka and Epistemology. The concluding chapter is a resume containing general remarks.
The present work is approved by University of Poona for the Ph.D. degree, as also the following prizes: Nath Hari Purandare Prize, Zala Vedanta prize, I.C.S. Yardi Vedanta Prize, Natu Vedanta Prize and Pathak Vedanta Prize.