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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 05:10:49 CST 2017

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:31 PM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

>  Pathak also refers to Shankara
> being called as kUShmANDa jAta in the mss., but that reference doesn't
> appear in the slokas quoted in the paper. Incidentally, while Pathak says
> that the reasons why AchArya is called so are well known, frankly I do not
> know what they are.

One of the Vijaya-s (not mādhavīya) holds that Shankara was born of a
pumpkin/ash gourd. If this is the case then the reference is to Adi
Shankara, as per that vijaya.


> In any case, it is reasonable to suppose that slokas 5 to 8, which are not
> quoted, are likely to be guru parampara slokas. We need to examine these to
> see if there is anything in there which supports an interpretation of
> navAvatAra as referring to another individual.
> Whether Adi Shankara or another, nava Shankara, is the subject of the mss.,
> the point that the mss. considers that individual as the author of the
> brahma sUtra bhAshya remains in either case.
> Does someone have a copy of / Has someone seen the manuscript in question?
> Regards,
> Venkatraghavan

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