SRI SRI SACHIDANANDENDRA SARASWATHI SWAMIJI was born in Karnataka on 5.1.1880 & assumed the name of Y. Subba Rao. He served as a teacher till retirement in 1935. He was initiated into the study of Sankara by Sri Sri Sachidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharathi Swamiji. Jagadguru of Sringeri at Kaladi birth place of Sri Adishankara at the age of 30 (1910). He devoted his life as layman & monk to the study & propagation of Shankara’s interpretation of Upanishads. Brahma Sutra & Bhagavadgita in their theoretical & practical aspects.
He founded for this purpose” Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya” at Bangalore during 1920 which was later shifted to Holenarasipur in 1937. He published more than 200 works in Sanskrit Kannada & English besides innumerable articles in Adhyatma Prakasha magazine.
He was ordained a monk under the name of “Sachidanandendra Saraswathi” on 1 0.6.1948 at Holenarasipur. He pouredforth works even in his old age with astonishing fertility. His “Magnum Opus” Vedanta Prakriya Prathyabhijna in sanskrit was published by him in 1964 at the age of 84.
He Continued to write & publish many books till he attained Mahasamadhi on 5.8.1975.
He was not just a rare & accomplished individual but a mighty & magnificent Institution. He is verily named the “Abhinava Shankara” of modern times.
We are extremely happy that we have, at last, been able to bring out the Sugama, a new and original Commentary on the renowned "Adhyasa Bhashya" of Sri Shankaracharya, by the eminent Vedantic Scholar Sri Swami Satchidanandendra Saraswati.
Those who are already acquainted with the "Mulavidya Nirasa" written by Sri Swamiji in his former Ashrama, will naturally expect from his pen a brilliant exposition of Shankara's doctrine of Adhyasa, that crux in the Sutra Bhashya in the unraveling of which many ap. able hand has tried its skill. And they will not be disappointed either, for here the reader is treated to a most lucid and delicious presentation of the teaching, which, far from being a mere dogmatic speculation or a theological discussion based upon faith and Vedantic texts, is shown to be a statement of fact of universal experience of the utmost importance to philosophy. In the course of the book will be found many interesting and illuminating criticisms of other views which, in the opinion of the author, have failed to recognize the unique position of Adhyasa or Avidya, which lies altogether beyond the pale of all reasoning and Pramanas or means of right knowledge.
His preface to the work is in itself a distinct contribution to Vedantic thought in as much as it throws abundant light on the doctrine of Adhyasa, which, rightly handled, serves as the master key to unlock all apparently conflicting statements of Shankara Vedanta.
This book printed during 1955, was out of print since a long time. As there was a great demand from the readers, we take pleasure in bringing out this second edition for the benefit of the Seekers of Truth.
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