Brahma Sutras According to Sankara, Translated by Swami Vireswarananda

Brahma Sutras

The Brahma Sutras along with the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita form the Triple Canons of Vedanta (Prasthana Traya). The best commentary for these were written by Adi Sankara, the 7th century saint/ philosopher of India. The Brahma Sutras use logic to discuss and prove the concept of Brahman and Advaita Vedanta. Hence it is referred to as Nyaya Prasthana (Nyaya- logic; Prasthana- Canon).

There are many translations of Adi Sankara’s commentary and I find this the most readable. Swami Vireswarananda has placed notes based on Sankara’s commentary and this makes it an easy read and so I recommend this book highly.

There are four main divisions in this book: The first chapter or division deals with the concept of Brahman (or the Ultimate Reality). The second chapter systematically and logically criticizes other philosophical systems like nyaya, sankhya, yoga, purva mimasa etc. The third chapter deals with the process of obtaining knowledge of Brahman. The fourth chapter further deals in depth about Self-Realization.

Adi Sankara’s commentary is superb and he logically presents and discusses advaita-vedanta.


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