[Advaita-l] Gudharthadipika of Madhusudana Sarasvati
sahaniranjan at yahoo.co.in
Wed Aug 15 23:32:05 CDT 2012
Namaskaram! Could any one get me clarified the following.
introductory verse 4 of the Gudharthadipika, Madhusudana has termed the
having karma, upasana, and jnana kandas respectively and mentioned
the Gita too as having three kandas in 18 chapters accordingly. It is
said that Sayanacarya in his Vedabhasya has also divided
the Vedas into three parts , though the division into karma and jnana
kands may seem to be explicit and bhakti or upasana kanda may be the
corollary of the jnana kanda there. And it has been a tradition to consider
Vedas as having three parts even before the advent of Sankara.
Yamuna, Ramanuja, Keshavakashmiribhatta (1510 CE. Like Sankara, he
describes the Gita as the essence of the entire Vedic lore), Nilakantha
(16th century CE) etc. too have divided the Gita into three parts,
though none of them have mentioned that the tripartite Gita coressponds
to the tripartite Vedas.
So, can it be said that Madhusudana has borrowed the idea of tripartite
Vedas from the tradition or from Sayana in order to make the Gita
tripartite? or, it is Madhusudana's noble approach to the Gita?
With kind regards,
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