Fwd: Authorship of Bhaja Govindam - A Question
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Wed Mar 8 22:52:42 CST 2000
> --- Ram Chandran <chandran at tidalwave.net> wrote:
> > As you are aware, Bhaja Govindam contains 30 stanzas attributed to Adi
> > Shankara.
31 according to the Vani Vilas edition which is probably the most
athoritative. I guess this includes the dhruva or refrain as the missing
> > However, verses 14 to 27 were composed by his 14 disciples.
> > Among
> > these fourteen, we have detailed account of his four great disciples:
> > Padmapada, Hastaamalaka, Suresvaracharya and Tatakacharya. Swami
> > Dheeranandaji, the head of the Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional
> > Center
> > wants to get more complete information about the remaining ten
> > disciples.
> > I want to request you to forward this to Advaita-L and request on behalf
> > of
> > Swamiji to find as much information as you can gather regarding the
> > disciples.
The copy I have with accompanying tika by an unknown author is not very
good but as far as I can tell:
1-13 (including the dhruva) Shankaracharya himself
18 Vartikakara (i.e. Sureshwaracharya)
28-31 Shankaracharya again
Not much is known about the other 10. Anandagiri is the name of the
tikakara on most of Shankaracharyas works as well as the author of a
Shankara Digvijaya. Medahatithi is also the name of a commentator on
Manusmrti. One tradition is that these 10 were disciples of the major 4
and founded the Dashanami orders. Others say Shankaracharya directly
founded them himself.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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