The Method of Early Advaita Vedanta: A Study of Gaudapada, Sankara, Suresvara and Padmapada

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  • Book Name The Method of Early Advaita Vedanta: A Study of Gaudapada, Sankara, Suresvara and Padmapada
  • Author Michael Comans
  • Language, Pages English, 516 Pgs. (HB)
  • Upload Date 2023 / 05 / 06
  • ISBN 9788120817227, 8120817222
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The Method of Early Advaita Vedanta: A Study of Gaudapada, Sankara, Suresvara and Padmapada
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This is unique work discussing the teachings of four of the great Advaita Acaryas: Gaudapada, Sankara, and his two disciples, Suresvara and Padmapada. The first three chapters are concerned with the teaching of Gaudapada. These chapters refer to most of the verses of the Gaudapadakarika and one chapter specifically deals with the influence of Mahayana Buddhism on the thought of Gaudapada. The following three chapters discuss the teachings of Sankara. Two topics, in particular, are given extensive treatment: Sankara's understanding of the nature of God (Isvara), and the way Sankara views the role of the sruti in leading to liberation. The writings of recent scholars, such as Paul Hacker, are examined in the context of various topics. The final two chapters are devoted to an explication of the teachings of Sankara's two best-known disciples, Suresvara and Padmapada.

The author combines close textual scholarship with the perspective of one is a teacher (Acarya) within the tradition of Advaita. This work will prove useful both for the student who wishes to obtain clear and detailed information about these four Acaryas, and it will also be of value to one who is seeking to develop their own spirituality within the Advaita tradition.

About the Author

Michael Comans (M.A. Ph.D.) began a serious study of Advaita Vedanta as a resident student of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the great teachers of present-day India. After returning to Australia he studied for his doctorate under the guidance of the renowned Indologist, Professor J.W.de Jong, at the Australian National University. He also had the opportunity to study with Senior Pandit Srinivasa Shastri of Deccan College, Pune, and Dr. R. Krishnamurti Shastri of Madras Sanskrit College. Dr. Comans taught at the University of Sydney for a number of years. He now spends his time both in Sydney, where he teaches Vedanta and Sanskrit, and in  India.

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