[Advaita-l] Dashashloki of Sankara
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 10:33:30 EDT 2017
In the Dashashloki, Shankara, as he has done in the Brahmasutra bhashya,
held that the ultimate reality of the Vedanta is not the one taught by the
Pāncharātra : न तत्पाञ्चरात्रम्.
On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 7:56 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 7:28 PM, Nirnajan Saha via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> Could some of you please shed light on, with concrete references--(i)if
>> Sankara was the author of the Dashashloki, (ii) distinction between the
>> Śaṅkara known through Mādhava'snarratives and the historical person.
>> While we don't find any problem in accepting its authorship to Sankara,
>> people raise doubt as well.
> At the beginning of the commentary to the Dashasloki, Sri Madhusudana
> Saraswati says in his 'Siddhantabindu':
> इह खलु साक्षात्परम्परया वा सर्वान् जीवान् समुद्दिधीर्षुः भगवान् शङ्करः
> अनात्मभ्यः विवेकेन आत्मानं नित्यशुद्धबुद्धमुक्तस्वभावं संक्षेपेण बोधयितुं
> दशश्लोकीं प्रणिनाय ।
> With a view to redeem all jīva-s directly or indirectly from samsāra,
> Bhagavan Shankara composed this work 'Dashashloki' thereby discriminating
> the Self that is of the nature of being ever pure, consciousness,
> ever-liberated, from the not-self, giving that knowledge in a concise
> Apart from the above direct mention of the authorship and the work,
> Madhusudana Saraswati has even invoked the blessings of Shankaracharya in
> his first invocatory verse:
> श्रीशंकराचार्यनवावतारं विश्वेश्वरं विश्वगुरुं प्रणम्य ।
> वेदान्तशास्त्रश्रवणालसानां बोधाय कुर्वे कमपि प्रयत्नम् ॥
> At the end of the work, MS composes some verses, and the first among them
> न स्तौमि तं व्यासमशेषमर्थं समग्रसूत्रैरपि यो बबन्ध ।
> विनापि तैस्सङ्रथिताखिलार्थं तं शंकरं नौमि सुरेश्वरं च ॥
> Here MS bows to Shankara the sutrakara and Sureshvara.
> Thus, we have the authority of Madhusudana Saraswati on Shankara's
> authorship of the work.
> In the same way, Amalananda, 13CE, has authenticated the Prapanchasāra as
> that of Shankara.
> Vidyaranya has mentioned in the Panchadashi that the Vākyavritti is that
> of Shankara.
> Of course, Sureshwara himself has stated that Upadeshasahasri is that of
> MS has also cited a line in his Gūḍhārthadīpikā from the Vishnuṣaṭpadī
> stotram popularly said to be of Shankara, though without mentioning his
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