Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindi > हिंदू धर्म > वेद > A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar)) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar)) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)
A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar)) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)
Description
About the book

A prakarana in old Hindi (one of the regional mixed dialects), Vicaracandrodaya elucidates the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta in the form of questions and answers. Pandit pitambar, the author of the text, presents this work as dialogue between a guru and his disciple. This book is an English translation of Vicaracandrodaya, by S. Bhuvaneshwari. It is spread across 249 questions and their answers, and takes the reader into the essence of the entire Vedantasastra. It also contains a Laghu-vedanta-kosa explaining the basic Vedantic terms and a chapter as “index” providing quick reference to the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta.

The author enunciates that a true knowledge seeker who studies this text under a brahmanistha guru will get to know the “secrete knowledge” of Vedanta. And this knowledge will dispel darkness from his mind as the rising moon dispels darkness from the world. However, he insists that it should be studied from a guru with sraddha as Vedanta cannot be grasped without the guidance of an enlightened teacher. Also, this book serves as a ready reference to the basic concepts as discussed in Pancadasi of Vidyaranya and Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa.

This volume is both a guide to the beginners in Vedanta and a text for nididhyasana. It will benefit all the people who dwell in the domain of Vedanta.

About the author

S. Bhuvaneshwari (b. 1976) has been studying the Prasthanatraya, Bhasya and Advaita Prakaranas from Swami Paramarthananda Sarasvati of Chennai since 1994. Having obtained a BA in Economics and MA in Public Admin-istration, she later branched out and procured her Masters in Philosophy, and Sanskrit as well. She is a Gold Medalist in MA Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras (2004-06). She was awarded the PhD (2010) for her study on the Sanskrit text Vicarasagara.

Her other area of interest is Philosophy of Art, especially the aesthetic theories of Bharata, Abhinavagupta and Hegel. She has over fifteen articles to her credit in both Advaita Vedanta and Aesthetics.

Preface

Vicaracandrodaya is a preliminary text (prakarana) in Old Hindi (one of the regional mixed dialects) elucidating the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta in the form of questions and answers. It is authored by Pandit Pitambar (Vikram Samvat 1903-56, CE 1846/47-1899/1900), the celebrated commentator (tippanikara) of the magnum opus, Vicarasagara, an Advaitic work of Niscaladasa Pitambar is eulogized as one of the preceptors in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta who has contributed immensely through his teaching and writings mainly in Hindi. Born in 1846/47 CE in a small village “Anjar” in the city of Kutch (Gujarat), he was the second son of Pandit Purushottama and Viravati. He is said to have mastered Sanskrit and was engaged in the study of scriptures from a very early age. An account of his life is found in the introductory preface to Vicaracandrodaya in Hindi published by Khemraj Krishnadas, Bombay, in 2007.

A list of his works, both published and unpublished, is given in the introduction to the text Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa in Hindi published by Khemraj Krishnadas, Bombay, in 1994. Based on this, we get to know about some of the independent prakaranas written by pitambar as Balabodha, Sarvatmabhavapradipa and Vedastuti. Pitambar has also written a commentary titled Vrttiratnavali for Niscaladasa’s Vrttiprabhakara and a tika on the Viparyaya of Sundaravilasa. He has contributed in the form of tippanis to the works like Pancadasi and Manoharmala. His rather only work in Sanskrit is Srutisatlingasamgrahah with his own brief commentary in Hindi. Some of his unpublished works mentioned are Vedantakosa (13 Vols.), Bodharatnakara, Pramadamudgara, Prasnottarakadamba, Satdarsanasaravali, Mohajit Katha, Sadacaradarpana, Jnanagati and Samsayasudarsana. His usual style is such that he writes generally a tika and tippani for his own works. In Vicaracandrodaya too he clarifies various concepts and supplies further ideas in the form of tippanis. The author refers to his own works in tippanis 66 and 174 that are yet to be spotted.

The title Vicaracandrodaya, Pitambar explains (in his preface) as the rise of moon which dispels darkness. He states that a seeker who studies this text under a brahmanistha guru, will assimilate this teaching, in whose space-like mind will certainly rise knowledge compared to moon that beholds the youth state, in the form of enquiry, which will dispel darkness in the form of ignorance along with doubt and delusion. Pitambar concludes in his preface that this work should be studied from a guru with sraddha and should not be studied independently since the “secret knowledge” of Vedanta is impossible to be grasped without the guidance of a guru. The significance of the title Vicaracandrodaya can also be interpreted as a complete work, in the sense, just as the full (purna) moon rises to dispel darkness on a full-moon day, likewise by an enquiry guided through these fifteen chapters one is “complete” in whom the ignorance-darkness is dispelled.

Pitambar presents his work in the form of a dialogue between the disciple and a guru, wherein 249 questions are taken up spread over fifteen chapters, with 179 tippanis and he provides a concise lexicon of Vedanta in the sixteenth digit. This work is an essence of the entire Vedanta Sastra. Each chapter is named as kala (digit). The digits begin by elucidating the essence of that particular chapter in poetry form. The poetic renderings of thirty-eight couplets in all these digits and with a declaration of Pitambar’s conviction in Advaitic knowledge. The first chapter or digit introduces the subject matter of Vedanta, it highlights the importance of enquiry and enumerates the method of enquiry that is taken up in the following digits. The second digit introduces the method of superimposition and negation and in the following three digits – third, fourth and fifth – the application of this method is elaborated. The sixth digit deals with the culminating key concept of Advaita, i.e. proving the falsity of the world. After negation of the world, the nature of self is discussed from digits seven to ten. In digit eleven, the knowledge of oneness is arrived through an enquiry into the mahavakya. The consequence of self-knowledge is described in digits twelve, thirteen and fourteen. The nature of liberation and means to liberation are briefly mentioned in the fifteenth digit. The Vedanta-padartha-samjna-varnanam dealing with various concepts of Vedanta ordered numerically is categorized as the sixteenth digit and this last chapter alone is not in the form of questions and answers but is presented more as an appendix. It is also known by the name Laghu-Vedanta-Kosa. The text concludes with a verse in Sanskrit.

An attempt to translate this work is a humble task to reach a large number of seekers for whom the regional language may be a barrier. Also, the objective here is to highlight the contribution of Pandit Pitambar to Advaita Vedanta, especially in the language (old Hindi) of the commoner. The translation is based on the edition published in the year 2007 (by Khemraj Krishnadas, Mumbai) and it is the ninth reprint. In the seventh reprint, the publisher mentions that Pitambar’s Sanskrit work Srutisatlingasangraha with his own commentary in Hindi has been inserted as part A of the sixteenth chapter and the sixteenth chapter originally titled Vedanta-padartha-samjna-varnanam is presented as part B of the sixteenth chapter. From then on, Vicaracandrodaya is published with sixteen chapters, with the sixteenth chapter containing two parts. However, in this translated work, the work of Pitambar is retained as published prior to the seventh reprint, i.e. containing sixteen chapters without the division of the sixteenth chapter into two parts, since that is the original work. An index at the end of the sixteenth chapter is provided for quick reference to the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta. Occasionally, alternate words or phrases are provided within square brackets [ ] to help in understanding the translated portion. In the sixteenth chapter, certain concepts are just enumerated and not explained in the original work, in such cases, the translation or idea is again supplied within square brackets [ ].

This work can serve both as a guide to the beginners of Vedanta and also as a text for nididhyasana. Here, not only the concepts are enumerated and defined but their philosophical application and significance are also pointed out as in sixth digit and tippanis 119 to 130 and 149 that is beneficial for the beginners. The elaboration of the method of negation as found in Questions 49,74,129 and 172 is useful for niddhyasana. Also, this work forms a ready reference to the basic concepts as discussed in Pancadasi of Vidyaranya and Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa.

I hope this work will be found useful by all those who are interested in Advaita Vedanta. I take this opportunity to express my indebtedness to my Vedanta guru, Svami Paramarthananda Sarasvati who is my inspirational guide and strength.

Contents

Prefacevii
Kala 1Introduction1
Kala 2Superimposition and Negation of the Worlds
Kala 3I Am the Witness of the Three Bodies16
Kala 4I Am Beyond the Five Sheaths50
Kala 5I Am the Witness of the Three States58
Kala 6Falsity of the World68
Kala 7Features of Self85
Kala 8Existence, Conciousness, Absolute Happiness95
Kala 9Indescribability108
Kala 10General and Specific Consciousnesses114
Kala 11Establishment of the Oneness of the Word-meanings of Tat and Tvam126
Kala 12Destruction of Karma in the Enlightened138
Kala 13The Seven Jnana-Bhumikas141
Kala 14Jivanmukti and Videhamukti145
Kala 15The Object of Vedanta150
Kala 16Concise Lexicon of Vedanta154
Index of Advaitic Concepts in Kala 16208
Word Index211

A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar)) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)

Item Code:
NAF038
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2013
ISBN:
9788124607091
Language:
Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation
Size:
9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Pages:
247
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 530 gms
Price:
$27.50   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar)) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 4393 times since 5th Nov, 2013
About the book

A prakarana in old Hindi (one of the regional mixed dialects), Vicaracandrodaya elucidates the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta in the form of questions and answers. Pandit pitambar, the author of the text, presents this work as dialogue between a guru and his disciple. This book is an English translation of Vicaracandrodaya, by S. Bhuvaneshwari. It is spread across 249 questions and their answers, and takes the reader into the essence of the entire Vedantasastra. It also contains a Laghu-vedanta-kosa explaining the basic Vedantic terms and a chapter as “index” providing quick reference to the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta.

The author enunciates that a true knowledge seeker who studies this text under a brahmanistha guru will get to know the “secrete knowledge” of Vedanta. And this knowledge will dispel darkness from his mind as the rising moon dispels darkness from the world. However, he insists that it should be studied from a guru with sraddha as Vedanta cannot be grasped without the guidance of an enlightened teacher. Also, this book serves as a ready reference to the basic concepts as discussed in Pancadasi of Vidyaranya and Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa.

This volume is both a guide to the beginners in Vedanta and a text for nididhyasana. It will benefit all the people who dwell in the domain of Vedanta.

About the author

S. Bhuvaneshwari (b. 1976) has been studying the Prasthanatraya, Bhasya and Advaita Prakaranas from Swami Paramarthananda Sarasvati of Chennai since 1994. Having obtained a BA in Economics and MA in Public Admin-istration, she later branched out and procured her Masters in Philosophy, and Sanskrit as well. She is a Gold Medalist in MA Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras (2004-06). She was awarded the PhD (2010) for her study on the Sanskrit text Vicarasagara.

Her other area of interest is Philosophy of Art, especially the aesthetic theories of Bharata, Abhinavagupta and Hegel. She has over fifteen articles to her credit in both Advaita Vedanta and Aesthetics.

Preface

Vicaracandrodaya is a preliminary text (prakarana) in Old Hindi (one of the regional mixed dialects) elucidating the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta in the form of questions and answers. It is authored by Pandit Pitambar (Vikram Samvat 1903-56, CE 1846/47-1899/1900), the celebrated commentator (tippanikara) of the magnum opus, Vicarasagara, an Advaitic work of Niscaladasa Pitambar is eulogized as one of the preceptors in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta who has contributed immensely through his teaching and writings mainly in Hindi. Born in 1846/47 CE in a small village “Anjar” in the city of Kutch (Gujarat), he was the second son of Pandit Purushottama and Viravati. He is said to have mastered Sanskrit and was engaged in the study of scriptures from a very early age. An account of his life is found in the introductory preface to Vicaracandrodaya in Hindi published by Khemraj Krishnadas, Bombay, in 2007.

A list of his works, both published and unpublished, is given in the introduction to the text Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa in Hindi published by Khemraj Krishnadas, Bombay, in 1994. Based on this, we get to know about some of the independent prakaranas written by pitambar as Balabodha, Sarvatmabhavapradipa and Vedastuti. Pitambar has also written a commentary titled Vrttiratnavali for Niscaladasa’s Vrttiprabhakara and a tika on the Viparyaya of Sundaravilasa. He has contributed in the form of tippanis to the works like Pancadasi and Manoharmala. His rather only work in Sanskrit is Srutisatlingasamgrahah with his own brief commentary in Hindi. Some of his unpublished works mentioned are Vedantakosa (13 Vols.), Bodharatnakara, Pramadamudgara, Prasnottarakadamba, Satdarsanasaravali, Mohajit Katha, Sadacaradarpana, Jnanagati and Samsayasudarsana. His usual style is such that he writes generally a tika and tippani for his own works. In Vicaracandrodaya too he clarifies various concepts and supplies further ideas in the form of tippanis. The author refers to his own works in tippanis 66 and 174 that are yet to be spotted.

The title Vicaracandrodaya, Pitambar explains (in his preface) as the rise of moon which dispels darkness. He states that a seeker who studies this text under a brahmanistha guru, will assimilate this teaching, in whose space-like mind will certainly rise knowledge compared to moon that beholds the youth state, in the form of enquiry, which will dispel darkness in the form of ignorance along with doubt and delusion. Pitambar concludes in his preface that this work should be studied from a guru with sraddha and should not be studied independently since the “secret knowledge” of Vedanta is impossible to be grasped without the guidance of a guru. The significance of the title Vicaracandrodaya can also be interpreted as a complete work, in the sense, just as the full (purna) moon rises to dispel darkness on a full-moon day, likewise by an enquiry guided through these fifteen chapters one is “complete” in whom the ignorance-darkness is dispelled.

Pitambar presents his work in the form of a dialogue between the disciple and a guru, wherein 249 questions are taken up spread over fifteen chapters, with 179 tippanis and he provides a concise lexicon of Vedanta in the sixteenth digit. This work is an essence of the entire Vedanta Sastra. Each chapter is named as kala (digit). The digits begin by elucidating the essence of that particular chapter in poetry form. The poetic renderings of thirty-eight couplets in all these digits and with a declaration of Pitambar’s conviction in Advaitic knowledge. The first chapter or digit introduces the subject matter of Vedanta, it highlights the importance of enquiry and enumerates the method of enquiry that is taken up in the following digits. The second digit introduces the method of superimposition and negation and in the following three digits – third, fourth and fifth – the application of this method is elaborated. The sixth digit deals with the culminating key concept of Advaita, i.e. proving the falsity of the world. After negation of the world, the nature of self is discussed from digits seven to ten. In digit eleven, the knowledge of oneness is arrived through an enquiry into the mahavakya. The consequence of self-knowledge is described in digits twelve, thirteen and fourteen. The nature of liberation and means to liberation are briefly mentioned in the fifteenth digit. The Vedanta-padartha-samjna-varnanam dealing with various concepts of Vedanta ordered numerically is categorized as the sixteenth digit and this last chapter alone is not in the form of questions and answers but is presented more as an appendix. It is also known by the name Laghu-Vedanta-Kosa. The text concludes with a verse in Sanskrit.

An attempt to translate this work is a humble task to reach a large number of seekers for whom the regional language may be a barrier. Also, the objective here is to highlight the contribution of Pandit Pitambar to Advaita Vedanta, especially in the language (old Hindi) of the commoner. The translation is based on the edition published in the year 2007 (by Khemraj Krishnadas, Mumbai) and it is the ninth reprint. In the seventh reprint, the publisher mentions that Pitambar’s Sanskrit work Srutisatlingasangraha with his own commentary in Hindi has been inserted as part A of the sixteenth chapter and the sixteenth chapter originally titled Vedanta-padartha-samjna-varnanam is presented as part B of the sixteenth chapter. From then on, Vicaracandrodaya is published with sixteen chapters, with the sixteenth chapter containing two parts. However, in this translated work, the work of Pitambar is retained as published prior to the seventh reprint, i.e. containing sixteen chapters without the division of the sixteenth chapter into two parts, since that is the original work. An index at the end of the sixteenth chapter is provided for quick reference to the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta. Occasionally, alternate words or phrases are provided within square brackets [ ] to help in understanding the translated portion. In the sixteenth chapter, certain concepts are just enumerated and not explained in the original work, in such cases, the translation or idea is again supplied within square brackets [ ].

This work can serve both as a guide to the beginners of Vedanta and also as a text for nididhyasana. Here, not only the concepts are enumerated and defined but their philosophical application and significance are also pointed out as in sixth digit and tippanis 119 to 130 and 149 that is beneficial for the beginners. The elaboration of the method of negation as found in Questions 49,74,129 and 172 is useful for niddhyasana. Also, this work forms a ready reference to the basic concepts as discussed in Pancadasi of Vidyaranya and Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa.

I hope this work will be found useful by all those who are interested in Advaita Vedanta. I take this opportunity to express my indebtedness to my Vedanta guru, Svami Paramarthananda Sarasvati who is my inspirational guide and strength.

Contents

Prefacevii
Kala 1Introduction1
Kala 2Superimposition and Negation of the Worlds
Kala 3I Am the Witness of the Three Bodies16
Kala 4I Am Beyond the Five Sheaths50
Kala 5I Am the Witness of the Three States58
Kala 6Falsity of the World68
Kala 7Features of Self85
Kala 8Existence, Conciousness, Absolute Happiness95
Kala 9Indescribability108
Kala 10General and Specific Consciousnesses114
Kala 11Establishment of the Oneness of the Word-meanings of Tat and Tvam126
Kala 12Destruction of Karma in the Enlightened138
Kala 13The Seven Jnana-Bhumikas141
Kala 14Jivanmukti and Videhamukti145
Kala 15The Object of Vedanta150
Kala 16Concise Lexicon of Vedanta154
Index of Advaitic Concepts in Kala 16208
Word Index211
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta (English Translation of... (Hindi | Books)

Jada-Bharata's Prasnavali: A text on Advaita-Vedanta
Item Code: IDE362
$11.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Methods of Knowledge: According to Advaita Vedanta
by Swami Satprakashananda
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Advaita Ashram, Kolkata
Item Code: IDG638
$16.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Dictionary Of Advaita Vedanta
by Swami Harshananda
Paperback (Edition: 2000)
Ramakrishna Math
Item Code: IDH393
$10.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sea- Shell As Silver- A Metaphorical Excursion Into Advaita Vedanta
by Arvind Sharma
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IHF058
$22.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Philosophy of Visistadvaita Vedanta (A Study Based on Vedanta Desika’s Adhikarana-Saravali)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAB751
$42.50$34.00
You save: $8.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Fundamentals of Visistadvaita Vedanta: A Study based on Vedanta Desika's Tattva-mukta-Kalapa
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDE326
$42.50$34.00
You save: $8.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Pristine Pure Advaita Philosophy of Adi Sankara
Item Code: NAK398
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Philosophy of Advaita
by T.M.P. Mahadevan
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Item Code: NAF863
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vedanta-Sara of Sadananda
by Swami Nikhilananda
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
Advaita Ashram, Kolkata
Item Code: NAE770
$10.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2019 © Exotic India