Life and Teachings of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya
Vedanta is recognised as the leading philosophy of the Vedic tradition. A major proponent of Vedanta was Sankaracarya who laid the basis for the propagation of Vedanta before the beginning of the middle ages. His contribution has been so immense and significant that often Vedanta has been interpreted as synonymous with Advaita Vedanta of Sankara.Here, Dr. George Victor attempts to study comprehensively Sankaracarya┐s teachings on Vedanta-his views on scripture, perception and inference as pramanas or standards of knowledges; his explanations of the relation between Brahman and atman, Brahman and Isvara, maya and the world; and his concepts of jnana marga, karma marga and moksa, among others. The work takes a close look at the date of Sankara and his life and times before plunging into a penetrative study of Sankara┐s commentaries on the triple texts, the Upanisads, the Brahma-Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita-the foundations of Vedantic thought. With constant references to Sankara┐s major and minor works and hymns, and using a simple language that reflects a unique clarity in understanding Sankara┐s philosophy, it also examines his methodology of philosophical interpretations and how academicians have estimated Sankara in the past.
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Introduction to Vedanta
Gaudapada the Propounder
The Date of Sarikaracarya
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According to Sankaracarya actions karmas Advaita Vedanta Alladi Mahadeva Sastri aphorism asserts atma Atma-bodha atman attain avidya Badarayana Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita Bhasya Bhaja-Govindam bhakti body Brahma Sutra Brahma-Sutra-Bhasya Brahman Brhadaranyaka Upanisad Bhasya castes century Chandogya Upanisad chapter commentaries of Sankara devotion disciple discussed doctrines existence follows Gambhirananda Gaudapada Govinda Hiltrud Rustau Hiuen Tsang hymns Ibid Indian Antiquary Indian Philosophy individual interpreted Isvara K.B. Pathak Karika king knower knowledge of Brahman ksetra ksetrajna liberation moksa limiting adjuncts Mandukya Upanisad maya means meditation Mimamsa moksa non-duality Pallava paramarthika-satya path of knowledge perceived perception performance prakarana prasthanatrayi Purnavarma realisation reality religious rites rituals S.N. Dasgupta saguna Brahma samnyasin samsara Sankara Sankara says Sankaracarya says Sanskrit Satchidananda Murty scriptures sastras Siva Smrti social Sruti superimposition Supreme Swami Vivekananda T.M.P. Mahadevan teacher teachings Telang texts things tradition truth Upadesa-sahasri Vaisnava Vedas Vedic verses Visnu Viveka-cudamani words worship Yajnavalkya yoga