[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Works of Sri Vidyashankara

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Tue Dec 27 07:47:43 CST 2016

Sri VedAnta deSika, an eminent VishishTadvaitin, in his commentary on the
Gita mentions a list of commentators from other traditions of the Gita
(18.66) - पिशाच - रन्तिदेव - गुप्त - शङ्कर - यादवप्रकाश - भास्कर -
नारायणार्य - यज्ञस्वामि - प्रभृतिभि:.

This list is generally considered to be in chronological order (I believe F
Otto Schrader discusses this in one of his works). Secondly, VedAnta
deSika, being a visiShTAdvaitin, cannot be said to have a vested interest
in attributing the gIta bhAshya to Shankaracharya (i.e. with a view to
improve the latter's bibliography).  Thirdly, Sri DeSika is known as a
contemporary of Sri VidyAraNya, who was Sri VidyASankara's disciple. If the
gIta bhAshya was indeed composed by Sri VidyASankara, then I would imagine
that Sri DeSika would be better placed to opine on it than say, us, as he
was one generation below Sri VidyASankara.


On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 5:04 AM, Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> (Apologies, my earlier reply missed this list)
> Namaste Sunilji,
> If that feeling were to be true, what could be the reason for the earlier
> *Bhashyakara* Shankaracharya's works to survive while the followers' works
> to vanish, if existent?
> Under kenavAkyabhAShya, the TIkAkAra says in its very first line that since
> kenamantra was not analysed in the shArirIka-nyAya, therefore, Bhashyakara
> wrote the vAkyabhAShya, even after writing the padabhAShya! That should be
> sufficient to establish that both, the padabhAShya as well as vAkyabhAShya
> are from the same Bhagavatpadacharya's pen. The gitabhAShya doesn't even
> need a defence to establish that it is Bhashyakara's work, because we
> wouldn't have a prasthAna*traya* otherwise!
> gurupAdukAbhyAm,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* Through what should one know That owing to which all this is known!
> [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */
> On Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 9:04 AM, Sunil Bhattacharjya
> sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com [advaitin] <advaitin at yahoogroups.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > There is a feeling among many that the Shankara-bhashya on the Bhagavad
> > gita as well as the Shankara- vakyabhashya on the Kena Upanishad may not
> be
> > the works of Adi Shankara.
> >
> > It is generally believed that after the genius of Adi Shankara there were
> > two great scholars, Sri Abhinava Shankara and Sri Vidyasankara, and this
> > should obviously mean that these two great scholars also could have left
> > their great works. It will be nice, if any scholar has any idea on the
> > works of Sri Vidyashankara, he or she may kindly let us know about that.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Sunil KB
> >
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