Upanishads -- Commentaries
K Kathirasan NCS
kkathir at NCS.COM.SG
Thu Mar 13 20:25:14 CST 2003
The Shvetashvatara Upanishad too is considered to be commented by Shankara
but some scholars do not accept this. The commentaries on the Brahma Sutras
are terse. Hence it is not recommended to learn the bhashya (or the
upanishads) on your own but rather from a teacher who knows the sampradaya.
The english edition of the Brahma Sutra Shankara Bhashya I have is one
published by Ramakrishna Mutt and translated by Swami Gambhiranada. It is
good but would be better if I learn it from a teacher. If I am not wrong,
Swami Paramarthananda Saraswati is giving classes on the Brahma Sutra in
English. If you are interested you may buy the recorded tapes to learn it on
your own. You may visit www.yogamalika.org for more information.
My best wishes.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sanjay Verma [SMTP:sanjay1297 at yahoo.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 10:14 AM
> To: ADVAITA-L at LISTS.ADVAITA-VEDANTA.ORG
> Subject: Upanishads -- Commentaries
> Pranam to all,
> This is primarily academic interest only...
> 1) There are in total 108 [remaining] Upanishads... Aside from the ten or
> so Upanishads which Adi Shankaracharya commented on, what are some
> recommended commentaries on the other Upanishads?
> 2) Adi Shankaracharya's commentary on the Brahma Sutra was further
> commented on by:
> "Sri Appaya Dikshita rendered the commentary of Sri Sankara more clear by
> his Parimala, Sri Vachaspati Misra by his work Bhamati and Sri Amalananda
> Sarasvati by his Kalpataru."
> My question is, for one reading the Brahma Sutras directly for the 1st
> time (rather than summaries written by others), would you recommend going
> directly to Adi Shankaracharya's commentary or to one of the above
> mentioned ones (or perhaps even another)?
> Jai Sri Krishna,
> P.S. The list I have for the Upanishads is as follows... If anyone has a
> competing list, please do share:
> "Sankaracharya raised the status of ten among the Upanishads by selecting
> them for writing his commentaries and so they became especially important.
> Pundits and those with faith should resolve to present before humanity
> these ten Upanishads at least. They are Isa, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka,
> Mandukya, Thaithiriya, Aithareya, Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka.
> "The remaining 98 are: Brahma, Kaivalya, Svethasva, Jabali, Hamsa, Garbha,
> Aruni, Paramahamsa, Amrithanada, Narayani, Amrithabindu, Atharvasikha,
> Atharvasira, Kasithara, Mathrayani, Nrisimhatapani, Brahmajabala,
> Maithreya, Kalagnirudra, Sulabha, Manthrika, Kshithi, Niraalamba,
> Sarvahara, Vajrasuchika, Subharahasya, Thejobindu, Nadabindu, Dhyanabindu,
> Brahmavidya, Atmabodhaka, Yoga, Thathwa, Naradaparivrajaka, Brahmana,
> Sita, Yogachudamani, Nirvana, Mandala, Dakshinamurthi, Skandaa, Sarabha,
> Adwaitha, Thaaraka, Mahanarayana, Sowbhagyalakshmi, Saraswathirahasya,
> Mukthika, Bhavaricha, Ramathapana, Ramarahasya, Mudgali, Vasudeva,
> Pingala, Sandilya, Mahabhikshuka, Yogasiksha, Sanyasa, Thuriyathitha,
> Parmaparivrajaka, Narasimha, Akshamalika, Annapoorna, Ekakshara, Akshika,
> Adhathya, Surya, Kundisakhya, Aatma, Savithri, Parabrahma, Pasupatha,
> Thripurathapana, Avadhootha, Thripura, Devi, Bhavana, Katha, Yogakundali,
> Rudrahrday a, Rudraksha, Bhasma, Darsana, Ganapathi, Thahasata, Mahavakya,
> Panchabrahma, Gopalathapani, Pranagnihothra, Garuda, Krishna, Datthatreya,
> Varaaha, Yajnavalkya, Sathyaayana, Avyektha, Hayagriva, and Kalisantharna.
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