[Advaita-l] Shata-shlokI of Adi Shankara - Announcement and Introduction
profvk at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 1 05:44:56 CDT 2004
This is to announce a series of 50 posts on Shata-shlokI by
Adi Shankara from tomorrow.
The title means A Century of Verses. It actually
consists of 101 four-line verses, all of the same metre
with 21 syllables in each quarter. The work is a capsuled
version of the whole spectrum of the fundamentals of
advaita, straight from the Master. Because it is poetry, it
spares us the difficult terrain of long-winding arguments
and dialectics in prose that is characteristic of the
commentaries or Bhashyas. So even those of us who are
beginners to advaita, as well as those who are not
comfortable with Sanskrit, can appreciate it. And further,
unlike the commentaries, it could probably have been
spoken out by the Acharya rather than composed in a
written manner. Consequently there is an added style
which, in addition, includes the usual majesty of
Shankaras writing -- of a purposeful extempore
after-dinner conversation, the poetic impact of which may
be enjoyed more if we know the language. I recommend it to
every reader, who has any interest in advaita. Indeed I
would like to call it: Triple A FAQ on advaita
standing for Authentic Answers from the Acharya to
Frequently Asked Questions on advaita. Some of the shlokas
would probably admit a lengthy discussion by the group.
Many shlokas would correct the wrong fear current among
newcomers to advaita that it might after all only be a dry
philosophy far removed from humane and ethical
My source is the book Select works of Sri Sankaracharya
with a general translation by S. Venkataramanan, and with
a Foreword by K. Balasubramania Iyer, published by G.A.
Natesan and Co., Madras, in 1944.
PraNAms to all students of Adi Shankaracharya
Prof. V. Krishnamurthy
My website on Science and Spirituality is http://www.geocities.com/profvk/
You can access my book on Gems from the Ocean of Hindu Thought Vision and Practice, and my father R. Visvanatha Sastri's manuscripts from the site.
Also see the webpages on Paramacharya's Soundaryalahari :
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