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Publisher:Sri Ramakrishna Math
Published In:2009
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:1.10 lbs
Pages:pp. xix + 616, Index, Glossary

The Title "Pancadasi " is written by T.M.P. Mahadevan. This book was published in the year 2009. The ISBN number 8171205070|9788171205073 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. This book has total of pp. xix + 616 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Sri Ramakrishna Math. We have about 515 other great books from this publisher. Pancadasi is currently Not Available with us.You can enquire about this book and we will let you know the availability.


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Chap. I : The Differentiation of the Real Principle = प्रथमोऽध्याय: तत्त्वविवेक:
Chap. II : The Differentiation of the Five Elements = द्वितीयोऽध्याय: महाभूतविवेक:
Chap. III : The Differentiation of the Five Sheaths = तृतीयोऽध्याय: पञ्चकोशविवेक:
Chap. IV : The Differentiation of Duality = चतुर्थोऽध्याय: द्वैतविवेक:
Chap. V : Fixing the meaning of the Great Sayings = पञ्चमोअध्याय: महावाक्यविवेक:
Chap. VI : The Lamp of the Picture = षष्टोऽध्याय: चित्रदीप:
Chap. VII : The Lamp of Perfect Satisfaction = सप्तमोऽध्याय: तृप्तिदीप:
Chap. VIII : The Lamp of Kutastha = अष्टमोऽध्याय: कूटस्थदीप:
Chap. IX : The Lamp of Meditation = नवमोऽध्याय: ध्यानदीप:
Chap. X : The Lamp of the Theatre = दशमोऽध्याय: नाटकदीप:
Chap. XI : The Bliss of Yoga = एकादशोऽध्याय: व्रह्मानन्दे योगानन्द:
Chap. XII : The Bliss of the Self = द्वादशोऽध्याय: व्रह्मानन्दे आत्मानन्द:
Chap. XIII : The Bliss of Non-duality = त्रयोदशोऽध्याय: व्रह्मानन्दे अद्वैतानन्द:
Chap. XIV : The Bliss of Knowledge = चतुर्दशोऽध्याय: व्रह्मानन्दे विद्यानन्द:
Chap. XV : The Bliss of Objects = पञ्चदशोऽध्याय: व्रह्मानन्दे विषयानन्द:


The Pancadasi of Sri Vidyaranya is a comprehensive manual of Advaita Vedanta, enjoying great popularity with those who want to have a clear presentation of the truths of Advaita. There are two types of Advaita-works : (1) those that are intended to serve as books of instruction for the follower, and (2) those that seek to show through dialectics that the philosophical positions that oppose Advaita are not tenable. The Pancadasi belongs to the first type. As Sri Vidyaranya says even at the outset, the aim of his work is to teach the supreme truth in an easily understandable manner to those whose hearts have been purified through the worship of the lotus-like feet of the Guru (I, 2). It is not that argumentation and dialectics are not employed in the Pancadasi; but they are subordinated to the principal aim of conveying the light of truth to the disciple. The reasoning based on the principle of co-presence and co-absence (anvaya-vvatireka), for instance, is had recourse to for showing that the self which is of the nature of consciousness is constant and therefore real, while the phenomena constituting the world are inconstant and therefore non-real (II, 60 ff). The method of dialectical refutation of systems such as the Madhyamika is resorted to (see, e,g., II, 30 ff). The central objective of the Pancadasi, however, is to provide guidance to the seeker through instruction. While sound logical reasoning helpful to an understanding of scriptural teaching is to be welcomed, quibbling should be avoided. Hence, Sri Vidyaranya declares : "The meaning of scripture I explain ; I do not employ mere logic" (srutyartham visadikurmo na tarkad-vacmi kincana. VIII, 67.) "Therefore, he who longs for release should give up faulty logic and resort to scripture" (tasmat kutarkam santyajya mumuksuh srutim asrayet. VIII, 68;. "Let logic be employed that follows one's experience, but not bad logic " (tarkyatam ma kutarkyatam. II, 30).

When it is said that scripture is the basic authority for Vedanta, it does not mean that the Vedanta is a ' literalist' or ' fundamentalist'. His attitude is not to be confused with that of blind acceptance of or unthinking belief in, the words of the Veda. The words are not mere sounds; they convey meaning; and the meaning should be understood. If a text is accepted without proper inquiry, and if its meaning is only superficially grasped, then it would not lead to any good. Reasoning is helpful in understanding the teaching of scripture. Although it i& true that the ultimate Reality taught there is not graspable either through thoughts or through words, nevertheless logic is useful in a negative way in so far as it can assure us as to what is not real, and language is of service in indicating the nature of the Real. The final court of appeal is experience,-the plenary experience, which is the fruit of inquiry. In fact, the texts of scripture are but indicators of that experience. Thus, in Vedanta, the nature of the Truth is sought to be expounded on the triple basis of scripture, reasoning, and experience.

List of Indices

1. Index to Slokas

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