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Pronunciation: (OO-pan'i-shad", OO-pä'ni-shäd"), [key]
n. Hinduism.
any of a class of speculative prose treatises composed between the 8th and 6th centuriesb.c.and first writtena.d.c1300: they represent a philosophical development beyond the Vedas, having as their principal message the unity of Brahman and Atman.

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