[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Understanding Srimad Bhagavad Gita from the perspectives of Visishtadvaita and Advaita - an exposition

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Jan 23 02:57:48 EST 2024

Sri  Vedantadeshika in his Tatparya Chandirka for the Bhagavadgita bhashya
of Ramanuja, for the shloka 18.66 (prapatti shloka):
https://tinyurl.com/5be2jte7 पिशाच-रन्तिदेव-गुप्त-शङ्कर
यादवप्रकाश-भास्कर-नारायणार्य-यज्ञस्वामि-प्रभृतिभि: स्वं स्वं मतमास्थितै:
प्रशस्तै: भाष्यकृद्भि: अस्मत् सिद्धान्त तीर्थकरैश्च भगवद्यामुनाचार्य
भाष्यकारादिभिरविगीत- परिगृहीतोयमत्र सारार्थ: भगवानेव परं तत्त्वं
अनन्यशरणैर्यथाधिकारं तदेकाश्रयणं परमधर्म: इति

says that all the above named Gita commentators, including Shankara, have
agreed unanimously that Bhagavan alone is the Supreme Tattva and
surrendering to Him alone is the Supreme Dharma.

warm regards

On Mon, Jan 22, 2024 at 10:04 PM Vikram Jagannathan <vikkyjagan at gmail.com>

> Namaskaram all,
> Jai Shree Ram
> I would like to share a brief article I wrote about the method of
> understanding Srimad Bhagavad Gita from the perspectives of Visishtadvaita
> and Advaita. The intent is to demonstrate that Advaita does not stand in
> conflict with Visishtadvaita teachings and these two spiritual paths are
> available to seekers purely based on their temperaments.
> Kindle requesting the learned members to review and please share your
> feedback on the directions and accuracy of the thought process:
> https://archive.org/details/sbg-visishtadvaita-and-advaita/
> To provide more context, I am born a SriVaishnava and belong to
> Visishtadvaita sampradhayam. However philosophically I am aligned with
> Advaita.  With a deeper understanding of both the perspectives, I believe
> the teachings of the great acharyas are actually quite aligned (except for
> the criticisms which are figuratively apples versus oranges). In a local
> setting, we just started an initiative to discuss Srimad Bhagavad Gita
> based on both perspectives - Swami Ramanujacharya's bhashya and Swami
> Sankaracharya's bhashya. It is my strong conviction that without a clear
> understanding of the fundamentals of both sampradayam, a comparative or
> relative study will end up creating more confusion than illumining clear
> directions. This is because of root-level differences regarding the nature
> of bondage, ignorance, knowledge and liberation. When explained within the
> right context, there is definite self-consistency and cohesiveness of both
> philosophies. The attempt of this article is also to provide these
> minimalistic fundamentals that will enable a clearer understanding of SBG
> in different perspectives.
> Based on your review and feedback I will share this with our group as an
> introduction.
> Thank you!
> On a quick side note: a couple of weeks back I had shared another brief
> write up on my reflections on Avidya (
> https://archive.org/details/reflections-on-avidya). Earnestly soliciting
> critical review and feedback on my understanding of this too.
> with humble prostrations,
> Vikram
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