Posted by: adbhutam | November 4, 2017


‘Svarūpa nirūpaṇam’ – Shankara’s work authenticated by Vidyaranya

In the Taittiriyopaniṣat dīpikā, Swami Vidyaranya cites a verse as having been cited by Shankara:

….. अहमेको न मे कश्चिन्नाहमन्यस्य ..and says: āchāryaiḥ udāhṛtah (‘cited by the Āchārya’)  and does not give the name of the work. The verse is found in the work ‘Svarūpa-nirūpaṇam’ as the 25th verse, published by the Dakshinamurti Maṭha, Varanasi, in the ’12 prakaraṇa-s’ [‘prakaraṇa dvādaśī, a collection of 12 non-prasthānatraya bhāṣya works with commentaries]. The verse is also found in Subhashita ratna collection and mahabharata sūktayaḥ’  [sayings from the Mahabharata]. On a search initiated by my friend and our member Sri N.E.Venkateswaran, the verse was found in the Mahabharata:
12*0459_01 अहमेको न मे कश्चिन्नाहमन्यस्य कस्यचित्
12*0459_02 न तं पश्यामि यस्याहं तं न पश्यामि यो मम
[I am one and there is none belonging to me. Nor do I belong to anyone. I do not see anyone whose am I; nor do I see anyone who is mine.]
The ‘Svarūpa nirūpaṇam’ is a short work abounding in Vedānta vichāra and sādhana. It has 32 verses, two of which are in prose. It has a commentary by Anandagiri Acharya.
It is heartening to see some of the works of Shankara, Gaudapada, etc. are cited with authority by Swami Vidyaranya.
Om Tat Sat

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