Posted by: adbhutam | May 21, 2014

Project to propogate Adishankara’s Teachings

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Date: Tue, May 20, 2014 at 4:24 AM
Subject: {भारतीयविद्वत्परिषत्} Re: Advaita Sharada – Excellent project started today by Sringeri Sharadha Peetam to propagate the teachings of Adi Shankara.

namo vidvadbhyaH,
Over the last two decades, Sri Shankara Advaita Research Center at Sringeri ( has been making steady progress in digitizing the record archives of the Sringeri Sarada Peetham and getting out rare Advaita texts in print. One example is the first printing of vaktavyakASikA, a pre-vivaraNa commentary by uttamajna yati on the pancapAdikA, padmapAda’s partial commentary on Sankara’s brahmasUtra bhAshya, edited with critical comments and footnotes by the fine young vidvAn, Sri Naveen Holla.
Meanwhile, Sriranga Digital Software Technologies, based out of Mysore/Srirangapatna, has been involved in many projects that would be of general interest to members of Bharatiya Vidvat Parishat. For example, they have made available, in electronic format, a number of publications brought out by various important Indian institutions, including the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Prof. Yogananda Sastry, the founder of Sriranga Digital, has put together a dedicated team with capabilities of a high order in optical character recognition, text editing and Unicode encoding. If you can read Kannada script, you can get an idea of some of their work at
Both institutions had separately started working on creating digital versions of Sankara’s prasthAna traya bhAshyas a few years ago. Independently, I had proposed that to truly understand Sankara, scholars should step away from viewing his commentaries as if they were individual books and should instead read them in an interconnected fashion, much like how one would follow through hyperlinked material on a web portal. This idea is described in some detail in my article (SAnkara granthAH katham otAH protAS ca?), which appeared in a felicitation volume in honor of Prof. Rukmani, announced here a year ago.
In Dec 2012, during the time that the Sringeri Jagadguru, Swami Bharati Tirtha, was staying in Hyderabad, I had passed along this hyperlinking idea to both Sri Anand from the Sringeri Research Center and Prof. Yogananda of Sriranga Digital, with the suggestion that an electronic archive of these seminal texts would have much added value if this hyperlinking were incorporated in a consistent manner as well. Interestingly enough, these conversations happened on a day when I met one of the leading lights of BVP, Prof. Korada Subrahmanyam, in person, thanks to the good offices of Sri Siva Senani Nori, another member of BVP.
Things have progressed very well over the last year and a half. The Sringeri Peetham and Sriranga Digisoft have pooled their resources and their work together, resulting in a high quality electronic archive of the prasthAna traya bhAshyas. Not only the hyperlinking concept, but also various other features, such as incorporation of audio files and search functionalities, have been implemented beautifully. Using the electronic archive now available at, it is possible for a scholar to navigate seamlessly from one bhAshya to another and back, through the hyperlinked vishaya-vAkya-s and other source text citations. Some upanishat texts like kaushItakI and SvetASvatara, which Sankara often cites but has not commented upon, have been made available as basic source texts, without any commentary. This archive is the first comprehensive online resource that collects all the central Sankaran commentaries in one place, in one self-consistent format that is easy to read, rendered in contemporary Devanagari script. It was released online by the Sringeri Acharya just a couple of weeks ago, on the occassion of this year’s Sankara Jayanti.
A very useful search function has also been included in this release. For example, one could search for the term “Anandamaya” in one or more bhAshyas and correlate what they say, from taittirIya and mANDUkya upanishad bhAshyas to the AnandamayAdhikaraNa and AnandAdyadhikaraNa in the sUtra bhAshya. Or, one could search for “citta vRtti nirodha” or “samAdhi” and find out what is said about yoga in these various texts. Thus, whether through use of the hyperlinks encoded into the archive or just by using the search function or perhaps using both features, one can gain a more comprehensive view of what Sankara says about a particular topic than the usual methods adopted hitherto with printed publications. The online archive is geared to help both a paNDita/mumukshu in a traditional instructional context and the academic critical scholar in a modern university context. Needless to say, such an approach could be applied across the board to other fields as well, which would greatly aid the study of vast amounts of Indian knowledge material. Personally, I am immensely pleased that the Sringeri Sarada Peetham, in keeping with its central historical legacy in the Sankaran tradition, is the first official provider of this online content in the service of the advaita vedAnta darSana.
In order to regulate user traffic and authenticate access, a user registration is required. I request BVP members to make use of the archive and pass along your valuable critical feedback. It will be very highly appreciated and used to improve the archive content and its usability. The material already available is certainly a vital starting point at this juncture and plans are already on to add to it and improve it over the near future.
With best regards,

Here is a video clipping covering the above occasion:

Shankara Jayanthi 2014 Evening Program and Launch of Advaita Sharada Project


The talks are in Kannada.

Here is the HH Jagadguru’s address on the occasion of the Shankara Jayanti:

Shankara Jayanthi 2014 Anugraha Bhashanam




  1. OM OM OM …, Saastanga vandanams to the Feet of his Holiness Jagadgurus ……..,
    and high concern on our Vedas,Upanishds,epics & puranaas etc., makes the aspirants to realize the self as a wholesome, divine thoughts dwelling within the Self which is Sanaathana and for the aspirants within this path realizes the illusionary world and reflections within the Self ,
    surrendering our thoughts to the Lotus feet of His Holiness Jagadgurus Shree Shree Shree Bharathi Theerthas and their apaara anugraha , their Smarana and blessings etc.,make us and our lives with great essence of real path of Jeevanmukti, Irrespective of any worldly desires,
    The Aspirants of Jagadguru paramparaas will definitely dwelling again and again to their never ending /sanaathana & paths of Universal truth. Hence, I like to be as an aspirant and disciple of Jagadgurus…,and like to be in Jagadgurus Sannidhanam and Keep my vision & heart open for Vaidika sampatthi for ever…, Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara…, Vandanams to Godess Sharada Chandramouleeshwara swami ji etc., Shree Bharathee Theertha Paahimaam…, Shree Bharatheetheertha Rakshamam for ever….Itlu Mee Darbha Venugopal….,

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