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Book Title: Vivekachudamani of Sri Sankaracharya 1926|
The author of the book: Adi Shankaracarya
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: October 15th 2004
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Reader ratings: 7.7
ISBN 13: 9781417982066
Format files: PDF
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This is an excellent translation from Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood (who also produced a marvelous translation of Bhagavad-Gita together). I only gave it four rather than five stars because it does not include verse numbering, which makes it much more difficult to refer to individual verses. I will grant that this seems a minor complaint, and there is good reason for it: the translators chose to render the book in prose rather than verse for the sake of English readability. Still, it would not have been too hard to include verse numbers in brackets or superscript. This minor complaint aside, I recommend this translation as easily the clearest, most readable one available of Adi Shankara's Vivekachudamani, and this edition for its compact, durable form.
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Read information about the authorAdi Shankara(788 CE - 820 CE), also known as Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya and Ādi Śaṅkarācārya was an Indian guru from Kalady of present day Kerala who consolidated the doctrine of advaita vedānta. His teachings are based on the unity of the ātman and brahman— non-dual brahman, in which brahman is viewed as nirguna brahman, brahman without attributes.
Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He is reputed to have founded four mathas ("monasteries"), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and the founder of the Shanmata tradition of worship.
His works in Sanskrit concern themselves with establishing the doctrine of advaita (nondualism). He also established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mimamsa school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. Shankara represented his works as elaborating on ideas found in the Upanishads, and he wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutra, principal upanishads and Bhagavad Gita) in support of his thesis. The main opponent in his work is the Mimamsa school of thought, though he also offers arguments against the views of some other schools like Samkhya and certain schools of Buddhism.
AKA Śaṅkarācārya; Śaṃkara; Śaṃkarācārya; Ṣaṅkara Āchārya; Shamkaracharya; Çamkara; Śaṃkara-bhagavat-pāda; Shankara; Çankara; Ādi Śaṅkara; Shankarâchârya; Śaṁkarācharya; Sankara; Shang-chieh-lo; Shangjieluo; Śankaracharya; Adi Sankar; Āticaṅkarācārya Svāmikaḷ; Caṅkarācārya Svāmikaḷ; Adi Sankaracharya; Āticaṅkar; Āticaṅkarācāriyar; Āticaṅkarar; Adi Sankaracarya; Adi Shankaracharya; Camkaracarya
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