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by K. Maheswaran NairHardcover (Edition: 1990)
Sri Satguru Publications
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Advaitasiddhi of Madhusudana-sarasvati is one of the best products of the terse theoretical fight that ensued between Dvaitins and Advaitins. The present book is divided into twelve chapters. Chapter one deals with the author, his date, life and works., chapter two is on the Siddhi-literature of the Advaitavedanta school., chapter three deals with the controversy between Dvaitins and Advaitins. Chapter four to eight are on the textual examination of the Paricchedas. Chapter nine is general observations of schematism., chapter eleven highlights the philosophical and other positions of the Advaita as evidenced by Advaitasiddhi., Chapter twelve is the conclusion and over all survey of Advaitasiddhi. The book is published under Sri Garib Dass Oriental Series.
K. Maheswaran Nair is presently in the Department of Sanskrit, University of Kerala. He is a member of the Advisory Committee o the Department of Publications of the Government of Kerala.
Advaitasiddhi is the magnum opus of Madhusudana-sarasvati who was one of the greatest stalwarts of the philosophy of Advaita. The book is a verbatim reply to Nyayamrta, the masterpiece of Vyasatirtha, the great champion of the philosophy of Dvaita. Nyayamrta and Advaitasiddhi together constitute the fountain-head of neo-Vedanta; both marvel as the best specimens of the controversy between advaitins and advaitins.
What is intended in the present book is a modest attempt in the study of Advaitasiddhi. In the study of Advaitasiddhi one has to pass through certain hurdles. In the first place, there is the absence of a complete translated of the text in English. Secondly, since Advaitasiddhi is written employing throughout the method of Navya Nyaya, an acquaintance with the same has to be acquired before embarking upon the study of Advaitasiddhi. Thirdly, since Advaitasiddhi is a verbatim retort to Nyayamrta the study of the latter is a pre-requisite. I have tried my best to get over these difficulties. The incomplete English translation of Advaitasiddhi by Pandit Ganganath Jha, though it contains only the first twenty-six topics out of the total of one hundred and twelve, was of immense help to me. I have taken pains to compare the work with Nyayamrta as and when found necessary.
The study is divided into three parts each comprising of four chapters. The first part is general. The first chapter deals with the author, his date, life and work. The second chapter is devoted to give an account of the Siddhi literature of the Advaita School. The third chapter presents a brief history of the controversy between dvaitins and advaitins. The fourth chapter refers to the nature, contents and commentaries of Advaitasiddhi. The second part is a textual examination of Advaitasiddhi, which has four paricchedas. The fifth chapter examines the first Pariccheda of advaitasiddhi distributed in sixty-three topics. The sixth chapter examines the second Pariccheda having thirty-five topics. The seventh chapter examines the third Pariccheda in eight topics. The eighth chapter examines the fourth Pariccheda in six topics. The third part is completely devoted to observations and conclusion. The ninth chapter comprises of general observations on Advaitasiddhi. The tenth chapter consists of observations on the schematism of Advaita as evidenced by Advaitasiddhi. The eleventh chapter contains philosophical and other observations. The twelfth chapter is the conclusion.
Resume has been given at the end of each chapter. The concluding chapter presents the thesis in a nut-shell.
In this study of Advaitasiddhi I have tried to point out its practical relevance. As a result, I hope, the study will cater to the present-day philosophical needs. I have always been keen to be objective in my approach as well as to be brief in presentation.
More than one edition of Advaitasiddhi have been utilized in the present study. Unless otherwise specified page numbers of Advaitasiddhi referred to correspond to those of the text along with commentaries edited by Anantakrnasastri, N. S., of the Nirnayasagar edition.
The study of Advaitasiddhi was undertaken by me at the instance of the late Dr. S. Venkitasubramonia lyer who was the Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit in the University of Kerala. Dr. K. Raghavan Pillai, Director and Professor, O. R. I. and MSS. Library, University of Kerala was my supervising teacher under whose guidance I could do a good deal of my work. Owing to the demise of Dr. Raghavan Pillai, I proceeded with my work under the guidance of Dr. M Sreedharan Menon, Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit (Retd.), University of Calicut. Dr. Menon Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit (Retd.), University of Calicut. Dr. Menon has always been a source of inspiration to me. I express my deep sense of gratitude to him. Dr. T. Bhaskaran, Director and Professor, O. R. I. and MSS. Library, University of Kerala, has always been a great help to me particularly in his capacity as Head of the Institute where I did research. My thanks are due to him as well. In shapping the thesis in its final form and observing the methodological aspect I am indebted to Dr. K. Vijayan, Reader in Sanskrit, University of Kerala. It will be a dereliction of duty on my part if I do not Tanks Dr. K. V. Sarma of the Adyar Library and Research Institute who has taken personal interest in my work. I am grateful to Dr. N. P. Unni, Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Kerala and to Prof. M. K. Gangadharan, Professor of English, V. T. M. N. S. S. College, Dhanuvachapuram for the valuable suggestions I received from them.
I express my sincere thanks to the authorities of the University of Kerala for granting me permission to publish the thesis. The name of the original thesis was 'Advaitasiddhi-A study'. The present book form is named 'Advaitasiddhi-A critical Study. This change has been effected taking the critical nature of the study into consideration.
I am indebted to Dr. Asoke Chatterjee Sastri, Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Calcutta for the valuable suggestions I received form his. I am extremely thankful to him for favouring me with a brief but illuminating Foreword for the book.
Thanks are due to Dr. L. Sulochana Devi and S. Geethamony Amma, Research Associate and Research Scholar respectively of my Department, for the help they did in preparing the Index.
My obligation to Sri Satguru Publications, a division of Indian Books Centre, Delhi cannot be expressed by mere words. They have neatly executed the printing of the book in a record time.
|I||The Author, His Date Life and Works.||5|
|II||Siddhi-Literature of the Advaitavedanta School.||13|
|III||Controversy between Dvaitins and Advaitins.||18|
|IV||Advaitasiddhi : Its Nature, Contents and Commentaries||27|
|Part Two-TEXTUAL EXAMINATION||33|
|X||Observations on Schematism||204|
|XI||Philosophical and Other Observations||209|