Vedantasara, Essence of Vedanta, is a 15th-century Advaita vedanta text[1] written by Sadananda Yogendra Saraswati.

Authorship

Its author, Sadananda Yogendra Saraswati, was the son of Anantadeva Apadeva, and probably lived in mid-15th Century A.D. He also wrote Vedantasiddhanta-sarasangraha, Bhavaprakasa on Bhagavad Gita and Brahmasutra-tatpryaprakasa.

Sadananda, the author of Advaitabrahmasiddhi, published by Asiatic Society of Bengal, is a different author.

Themes

The Vedantasara is based on Gaudapada’s Karika, Upadesasahasri of Adi Shankara, Panchadasi of Vidyaranya who died in 1386 A.D., and the Naishkarmayasiddhi of Suresvara.[web 1]

The Vedantasara presents Sutratman (text) as Viraj,[2] the prime means to reach knowledge of Atman and Brahman. Only the liberated Self-knower realizes Brahman.[3]

Just like the Dṛg-Dṛśya-Viveka the Vedantasara adds samadhi to the triad of sravana ('hearing'), manana ('reflection') and nididhyasana ('repeated meditation').[4]

Contents

The Vedantasara is divided into six chapters and contains 227 verses.[5]

Commentaries

The earliest commentaries on Vedantasara of Sadananda, that incorporates pre-Sankara, Sankara and post-Sankara teachings, are Subodhini written in 1588 A.D. by Nrisimhasaraswati of Varanasi, Balabodhini by Apadeva, the renowned authority on Purva Mimamsa, and Vidvanmanoranjani by Ramatirtha.

See also

References

Sources

Printed sources

  • Boetzelaer, Johan Maurits van (1971), Sureŝvara's Taittiriyopaniŝadbhaŝyavartikam, Brill Archive
  • Fort, Andrew O. (1998), Jivanmukti in Transformation: Embodied Liberation in Advaita and Neo-Vedanta, Suny Press, ISBN 9780791439036
  • Kapoor, Subodh (2002), Encyclopaedia of Vedanta Philosophy, Genesis Publishing
  • Nikhilananda, Swami (1931), Vedantasara of Sadananda (PDF), Advaita Ashrama
  • Nikhilananda, Swami (1990), Vedantasara of Sadananda, Advaita Ashrama

Web-sources

Further reading