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Suddha-Sankara-Prakriya-Bhaskara (Light on the Vedantic Method According to Sankara)

Suddha-Sankara-Prakriya-Bhaskara (Light on the Vedantic Method According to Sankara)

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  • Dimensions:8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
  • Edition:2001
  • Author:Sri Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji
  • Publisher:Adhyatma Prakashan Karyalaya, Bangalore
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:196
  • Back of the Book

    Shri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji (1880-1975 A.D) the founder of Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya Holenarsipur Hassan Dist. Karnataka a public charitable trust wrote and published more than 200 books in Kannada, English and Sanskrit with a view to propagate pristine pure Advaita Vedanta as expounded by Shri Gaudapada Shri Sankara Bhagavatpada and Shri Sureshwara in their famous extant works based on the three canonical Vedantic texts viz ten principal Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and Vedanta Sutras (Popularly known as Brahma Sutras). The revered Swamiji carried out research for over six decades with a profound sense of dedication and missionary zeal so as to cleanse Advaita Vedanta of the dross and distortions that it has acquired in the post Sankara era. Although the Swamiji has authored nearly 20 odd books in English and over 25 books in Sanskrit many of his masterpieces were written in Kannada. In order to provide the benefit of these gems the Karyalaya has brought out several books in English which are faithful translations of the original texts in Kannada for the guidance and benefit of ardent students of Advaita Vedanta. He was not just a rare and accomplished individual but a mighty and magnificent institution.

     

    About The Author

    The author was born in Karnataka in 1880, & assumed the name of Y. SubbaRao. He taught English in Bangalore as a house holder till retirement in 1935. Initiated for the study of S'ankara by the Jagadguru of Shringeri at about the age of 20, he devoted his life as layman and monk to the study and propagation of S'ankaras interpretation of the upanishads, in its theoretical & practical aspects.

     

    Publishers’ Note to the Second (Comprehensive) Edition

    All the booklets of the series printed during the First Edition its sold out and as there is a great & incessant demand from jignas us of English knowing people not only in India but also in foreign countries, the second (comprehensive) edition now is brought out. All the three booklets, which contain continuous matter of the title, have been now combined & published as one book. We hope that this will facilitate all the readers to obtain a clear thought of the subject in full.

    Sri Subhana Saxena, an Indian settled in London, has held senior positions in a number of multinational companies. He has studied many books of Swamiji through the grace of his Gurus from Mattur village, in Shimoga, Karnataka. We hope through his mission Swamiji's message & works will find a place throughout foreign countries.

    The Karayalaya owes a deep debt of gratitude to Shri Subhana Saxena, who has financed the entire cost of bringing out this comprehensive edition.

    May we hope that the readers will give wide publicity to this: a comprensive edition dealing with pure pristine S'ankara's Vedanta.

     

    Publishers’ Note (First Booklet-First Edition)

    Kindly go through the prefatory remarks attached by us to the first installment of the series of Sanskrit booklets of this name. This free translation of it is to help those that want to understand the Sanskrit original better. It is a companion to the original work and is intended for those who know English better, but would still like to assimilate Vedantic thoughts through that sacred language if only they could secure some assistance.

    At our request Swamiji has effected a few additions and alterations in this English version which it is hoped will enhance the usefulness of the original contribution. A generous donor who prefers to do this piece of service incognito has laid us under a deep debt of inexpressible gratitude by financing the publication.

    My we hope will give wide publicity to this new translation series of Vedantic booklets?

     

    Preface (First Booklet-First Edition)

    This booklet is a free translation of the Suddha Sankara Prakriya Bhaskara written by me in Sanskrit. The aim of the series of booklets of which this is the first installment may be learnt from the publisher’s prefatory remarks to the Sanskrit original. It is intended for readers who wish to have an outline of the thoughts contained in my Vedanta Prakriya Pratyabijna a Sanskrit work which contains a comparative study of all the important Vedantic systems available from the most ancient times up to the time of Sarvajnatma just to illustrate how all the post Sankara Vedantins up to that epoch no less than the ancient monists have failed to recognize the only method which holds the key to the right understanding of the Upanishadic teaching.

    The present series is complete is itself and can be studied independently by those who wish to be acquainted with this Unique method of the Upanishads without taxing their brains at the very outset with all the details of the argument.

    As it was felt that an English translation of the series might facilitate its study for those whose knowledge of Sanskrit is limited this first installment of the translation series has been placed before the public to see how far it serves the purpose. Whether the second installment should be undertaken at all depends on how my readers receive this one.

    Any suggestions calculated to improve the translation series so as to make it more useful to those for whom it is intended will be thankfully received.

    All rights of printing & publishing this brochure has been unconditionally made over to the Adhyatma Prakasha karyalaya Holenarasipur as in the case of all my previous writings.

     

    Contents

     

     
    1. The System of Vedanta
     
    1 Non Advaitic Vedantins never referred to by Sankara 1
    2 Vedantins at the time of Sankara were all Advaitins 3
    3 No Vedantin recognizing the distinction of the individual and the supreme self during badarayana’s time 4
    4 Various Doctrines of other Advaitic Schools referred to by Sankara 6
    5 Conclusion 13
     
    2. The Tradition of Sankara’s School
     
    6 Sankara the Resuscitator of an old tradition 14
    7 Gaudapada himself refers to more ancient teachers 16
    8 Sankara’s earnestness with regard to tradition 18
    9 Dravidacarya 19
    10 Teacher Brahmanandin 24
    11 Uapvarshacarya 27
    12 Dvaita Vedanta conspicuous by its absence during Sankara’s time 29
    13 Conclusion 31
     
    3. Landmarks in Sankara-Vedanta
     
    14 Self evident nature of Brahman as one’s own self 32
    15 The Individual self is by his very nature no doer of action for he is identical with Brahman as pure being 34
    16 The Individual soul is essentially brahman not cognizer 37
    17 Pramanas are such only till knowledge accrues 41
    18 How Sastra is the Final Pramana 45
    19 Conclusion 49
     
    4. The Method of Sankara Vendanta
     
    20 The Method in a nut shell 51
    21 Assumption of specific features is only a device employed for the purpose of teaching 52
    22 The Deliberate superimposition employed in Vedanta never affects its validity 56
    23 Why the Method of Superimposition and Rescission alone is employed exclusively in Vedanta 58
    24 That Brahman is known only through the negation of the superimposed is a teaching common to all the three Prasthanas 59
    25 Teaching by means of superimposition is only for negating what is not 60
    26 Extracts from the Bhashyas 63
     
    5. Varieties of the Vedantic Method
     
    27 Relation of the sequel to the preceding section 67
    28 The Method of distinguishing Vidya and Avidya 67
    29 The Method of Sastra Pramanya 70
    30 The Method of Creation 73
    31 The Method of Cause and Effect 76
    32 Brahman’s entry into creation as a jiva 80
    33 The Method of Religious works and Meditation 82
    34 The Method of the Five Kosas 83
    35 The of the self effulgence 85
    36 Exit Going away and returning are all from the stand point of imputation 86
    37 The Method of the Universal and the Particular 88
    38 The Method of three states also a device 90
    39 The Convention of Bondage and Release & Co. 91
     
    6. Sankara’s School of Vedanta as contrasted with other schools
     
    40 Relation of the sequel to the preceding section 98
    41 Common characteristics of ancient schools 98
     
    Defects in the Ancient Schools
     
    42 The Dogma that the Upanishads are injunctive in their Aim 102
    43 The Inconsistency of the Sariraka being composed afresh 104
    44 No Need for Aproaching an Acarya 105
    45 The Misconception that Final Release is an effect 106
    46 The Doctrine of Release as the destruction of Avidya 106
    47 Vedic Authority cannot exculpate the schools 110
    48 Bringing forward a controverted argument 110
     
    Special features of Snakara’s Tradition
     
    49 Sruti and Reason conformable to intuition 111
    50 The Upanishads purpost to teach reality as without specific features 113
    51 Release from Actual bondage not assumed 116
    52 All charges rebuted by assuming two different stand points 118
     
    7. Vedanta Contrasted with Buddhism
     
    53 Objection 122
    54 Suspicion of the admixture of Buddhisitic doctrine in this system 124
    55 Reason for trusting the Karika tradition 129
    56 The Disparity of the two teachings with regard to reality 130
    57 Divergence of the two system with regard to non organization 134
    58 Disparity in the methods of establishing reality 140
    59 Conclusion of the comparison with the sunya doctrine 146
    60 Vedantic Vijnana contrasted with Buddhistic Vijnana 150
    61 Dissimilarity in the method of rejection of the external object in the two systems 154
    62 Mere employment of the word Citta does not entail similarity 158
    63 Not even the employment of the term Lokattara can engender the similarity of the systems 160
    64 Dependence on Yoga and the absence of it sharply distinguish the two systems 162
    65 Conclusion of the contrast 165
    66 Conclusion of the repudiation of Buddhistic influence 169
    67 Conclusion of the section 170

     

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