[Advaita-l] [advaitin] The Bhashyas of Adi Shankara

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 6 11:29:13 CST 2017

Dear Subbuji,

I think Sri  Nava Shankara was indeed a great scholar and if I remember correctly the manuscript, which Pathak found and on that basis he (Pathak) wrote a paper, Nava (Abhinava) Shankara was born  in 788 CE in Chidambaram. This Nava Shankara is reported to have also written many texts including bhashyas and had gone to Kashmoir as well as to Kailash. There might have some confusion in the past as the name of both Adi Shankara and the Nava Shankara was Shankara.  It appears that Anantaanandagiri  had written a biography of Nava Shanaka.  Antarkar had done some work on the shankaravijayas  as part of his PhD work but did not continue that work to sort out all confusions

May be there is scope for more research and hope some university or some organization will sponsor PhD level research in this area.

Sunil KB
On Fri, 1/6/17, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] [advaitin] The Bhashyas of Adi Shankara
 To: "Venkatraghavan S" <agnimile at gmail.com>, "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
 Date: Friday, January 6, 2017, 1:39 AM
 On Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at
 1:56 PM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
 advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
 > Namaste Sri
 > The number of the works
 that are called bhAshya in the mAdhavIya Sankara
 > vijaya (I sent the references earlier)
 when read in conjunction with the
 DiNDima appear to be 16 in number. The next verse in the
 Sankara vijaya
 > says that Adi Sankara
 wrote innumerable granthAs such as upadeSa sAhasri,
 > so these are apparently classified in a
 different category compared to
 There is also a text called
 'hastāmalaka-bhāṣyam' which is admitted in
 tradition to be a commentary penned by
 Shankara on the verses given out by
 disciple Hastamalaka. This text is also published by the
 Vani Vilas
 Press, Srirangam.
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