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Tue May 20 00:07:56 CDT 2014

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From: Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 20, 2014 at 4:24 AM
Subject: {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Re: Advaita Sharada - Excellent project
started today by Sringeri Sharadha Peetam to propagate the teachings of Adi
To: bvparishat at googlegroups.com

namo vidvadbhyaH,

Over the last two decades, Sri Shankara Advaita Research Center at Sringeri
(http://www.sringeri.net) has been making steady progress in digitizing the
record archives of the Sringeri Sarada Peetham and getting out rare Advaita
texts in print. One example is the first printing of vaktavyakASikA, a
pre-vivaraNa commentary by uttamajna yati on the pancapAdikA, padmapAda's
partial commentary on Sankara's brahmasUtra bhAshya, edited with critical
comments and footnotes by the fine young vidvAn, Sri Naveen Holla.

Meanwhile, Sriranga Digital Software Technologies, based out of
Mysore/Srirangapatna, has been involved in many projects that would be of
general interest to members of Bharatiya Vidvat Parishat. For example, they
have made available, in electronic format, a number of publications brought
out by various important Indian institutions, including the Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan and Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Prof. Yogananda Sastry, the
founder of Sriranga Digital, has put together a dedicated team with
capabilities of a high order in optical character recognition, text editing
and Unicode encoding. If you can read Kannada script, you can get an idea
of some of their work at http://www.sirinudi.org/index.php.

Both institutions had separately started working on creating digital
versions of Sankara's prasthAna traya bhAshyas a few years ago.
Independently, I had proposed that to truly understand Sankara, scholars
should step away from viewing his commentaries as if they were individual
books and should instead read them in an interconnected fashion, much like
how one would follow through hyperlinked material on a web portal. This
idea is described in some detail in my article (SAnkara granthAH katham
otAH protAS ca?), which appeared in a felicitation volume in honor of Prof.
Rukmani, announced here a year ago.


In Dec 2012, during the time that the Sringeri Jagadguru, Swami Bharati
Tirtha, was staying in Hyderabad, I had passed along this hyperlinking idea
to both Sri Anand from the Sringeri Research Center and Prof. Yogananda of
Sriranga Digital, with the suggestion that an electronic archive of these
seminal texts would have much added value if this hyperlinking were
incorporated in a consistent manner as well. Interestingly enough, these
conversations happened on a day when I met one of the leading lights of
BVP, Prof. Korada Subrahmanyam, in person, thanks to the good offices of
Sri Siva Senani Nori, another member of BVP.

Things have progressed very well over the last year and a half. The
Sringeri Peetham and Sriranga Digisoft have pooled their resources and
their work together, resulting in a high quality electronic archive of the
prasthAna traya bhAshyas. Not only the hyperlinking concept, but
also various other features, such as incorporation of audio files and
search functionalities, have been implemented beautifully. Using the
electronic archive now available at http://advaitasharada.sringeri.net, it
is possible for a scholar to navigate seamlessly from one bhAshya to
another and back, through the hyperlinked vishaya-vAkya-s and other source
text citations. Some upanishat texts like kaushItakI and SvetASvatara,
which Sankara often cites but has not commented upon, have been made
available as basic source texts, without any commentary. This archive is
the first comprehensive online resource that collects all the central
Sankaran commentaries in one place, in one self-consistent format that is
easy to read, rendered in contemporary Devanagari script. It was released
online by the Sringeri Acharya just a couple of weeks ago, on the occassion
of this year's Sankara Jayanti.

A very useful search function has also been included in this release. For
example, one could search for the term "Anandamaya" in one or more bhAshyas
and correlate what they say, from taittirIya and mANDUkya upanishad
bhAshyas to the AnandamayAdhikaraNa and AnandAdyadhikaraNa in the sUtra
bhAshya. Or, one could search for "citta vRtti nirodha" or "samAdhi" and
find out what is said about yoga in these various texts. Thus, whether
through use of the hyperlinks encoded into the archive or just by using the
search function or perhaps using both features, one can gain a more
comprehensive view of what Sankara says about a particular topic than the
usual methods adopted hitherto with printed publications. The online
archive is geared to help both a paNDita/mumukshu in a traditional
instructional context and the academic critical scholar in a modern
university context. Needless to say, such an approach could be applied
across the board to other fields as well, which would greatly aid the study
of vast amounts of Indian knowledge material. Personally, I am immensely
pleased that the Sringeri Sarada Peetham, in keeping with its central
historical legacy in the Sankaran tradition, is the first official provider
of this online content in the service of the advaita vedAnta darSana.

In order to regulate user traffic and authenticate access, a user
registration is required. I request BVP members to make use of the archive
and pass along your valuable critical feedback. It will be very highly
appreciated and used to improve the archive content and its usability. The
material already available is certainly a vital starting point at this
juncture and plans are already on to add to it and improve it over the near

With best regards,

On Friday, May 16, 2014 10:23:38 AM UTC-4, विश्वासो वासुकेयः wrote:

> घोषणात्मकमिदं
> ​ पत्त्रं‌ नैकत्र प्रेष्यते - (संस्कृतसन्देशश्रेणिः samskrta-yUthaH <
> sams... at googlegroups.com>, bhAratIya vidvat pariShad भारतीयविद्वत्परिषद् <
> bvpar... at googlegroups.com>, rAShTriya-shikshakagana राष्ट्रिय-शिक्षकगणः)​
> FYI......
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> From: Hari Ramasubbu <hari.ra... at gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM
> Subject: Advaita Sharada - Excellent project started today by Sringeri
> Sharadha Peetam to propagate the teachings of Adi Shankara.
> To:
> http://advaitasharada.sringeri.net/
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