- Paperback: 616 pages
- Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8171205070
- ISBN-13: 978-8171205073
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pancadasi of Sri Vidyaranya Swami - English Paperback – 2012
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The author was the head of the Sringeri Math - one of the four principal maths established by Shankara.
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The Bhamati view, which is called avaccheda-vada is that the jiva is Brahman as defined or delimited by nescience. The analogy for former view is the reflection of the face in the mirror and for the latter view is the delimitation of ether by pot. Shri Vidyaranya who follows mainly the Vivarana tradition, teaches a modified form of the reflection-theory which is referred to as abhasa-vada. While the Vivarana view regard the reflection as real and as identical with the prototype, the theory sponsored in the Panchdashi holds that the reflection (abhasa) is mere appearance, an illusory manifestation.
The author Shri Vidyaranya is said to have been the Head of the Sringeri Math (established by Adi-Shankaracharya himself) from 1377 to 1386 A.D. Prior to that he was instrumental in the conversion of Harihar and Bukka Rai back into Hindu fold (from Islam). He was the spiritual force behind the establishment and the resistance of Vijaynagara empire to Mohammadean invasions. This is a book which is often carried around by Sanyasins of Dashnami Sampradaya, and a lot of tantriks read it too.
Being published by Sri Ramakrishna Math the translation is also reliable. Often they give the analogy of potters’ wheel and rod for Karma. Even after the force being exerted by rod is removed the wheel keeps rotating for some time. Same goes for Karma, which when burned keeps giving its impact for some time. A similar analogy can be applied on this work on Vedanta. Even after you finish reading it, it keeps impacting your thought and behaviour in multiple ways. For those pursuing Advaita school of thought, this book is a must read. Highly recommended.
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