[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Works of Sri Vidyashankara
sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 28 12:31:27 CST 2016
>From Adi Shankaracharya's style of writing in the Brahmasutrabhashya and his other works, late Prof. Karmarkar showed that Bhagavadgita bhashya cannot be a work of Adi Shankaracharya. To my knowledge no scholar has refuted the observations of Prof. Karmarkar, that the Bhagavadgitabhashya cannot be a work of Adi Shankaracharya. If you are in the know of any refutation, kindly do let me know.
Moreover, in the book "Shankara and Indian philosophy, pp.41-42" by Nataliya Isayeva, writes that the Bhavagadgitabhashya of Shankara implies the doctrine of Sundarapandya on adhyaropa-apavada.
Then comes the number of bhashyas by Adi Shankara. Has anybody been able to show which were the sixteen authentic bhashyas of Adi Shankara?
On Wed, 12/28/16, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] [advaitin] Works of Sri Vidyashankara
To: "Sunil Bhattacharjya" <sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com>
Cc: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>, "V Subrahmanian" <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 3:13 AM
Sunil,The logic below is speculative at best, if there
are specific philosophical or incontrovertible pieces of
historical evidence to dispute Shankara's authorship of
the the Gita, kindly present them.
Going by untested propositions such
as Vedanta deSika being a student of VidyAshankara etc., one
cannot come to definitive conclusions. Even if it were true,
that does not reconcile with Vedanta Desika pointedly naming
his pUrvapakshi in several occasions as Shankara and his
philosophy as Shankaramatam. If indeed he was referring to
VidyAshankara here, why would he not mention him by his full
name even once?
second argument that had VidyAshankara not composed a
gItabhAshya, vidyAraNya would surely have composed one, does
not hold any merit. How does vidyAraNya not writing a
bhAshya on the GIta, have any bearing on authorship of the
existent bhAshya at all? VidyAranya did not write a bhAshya
on the Brahma SUtra either, based on this can we say that
the Brahma SUtra bhAshya was composed by
third argument is that had Shankara written a bhAshya for
the Gita, yAdavaprakAsha would have no reason to compose one
after him. The attribution of yAdavaprakAsha as an advaitin
is in the vishishtAdvaitin tradition, which must be tested.
Are there extant works of yAdavaprakAsha to determine if he
was an advaitin, or if this was simply a hagiographical
attribution by vishiShTAdvaita scholars?
On 28 Dec 2016 6:45 a.m.,
"Sunil Bhattacharjya" <sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
I feel that as Sri Vedantadeshika himself was a disciple of
Sri Vidyashankara in Kanchipuram, he would have certainly
valued Sri Vidyashankara's bhashya on the
Bhagavadgita, even though he might have shafted later on to
Sri Ramanujacharya's camp, Secondly had Sri
Vidyashankara not composed an advaitic version of the
Bhagavad Gita bhashya, we would certainly have had a bhasya
by the eminent Sri Vidyaranya.
Secondly the order given by Vedantadeeshika as follows need
not necessarily have been in the quoted chronological order.
The chronological order could have been पिशाच
- रन्तिदेव - गुप्त -
यादवप्रकाश - शङ्कर -
भास्कर - नारायणार्य -
प्रभृतिभि:, If Adi Shankara would have
composed the Bhagavadgita bhashya there was no need of Sri
Yadavaprakasha to write another bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita
Would you kindly help us by quoting the exact words /
concepts in the Ramanuja-bhashya, which can prove that
the Shankara's bhaṣya preceded Ramanuja's
bhāṣya and that Ramanuja-bhashya indeed refuted
Shankara-bhashya of the Bhagavad gita specifically and that
what Sri Ranujacharya wrote was not a general refutation of
Adi Shankara's advaitic views.
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