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, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 573–576 | Cite as

A Survey of Modern Scholars’ Views on Śaṃkara’s Authorship of the Bhagavadgītābhāṣya

  • Niranjan SahaEmail author
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Ādi Śaṃkara (ca. eighth century CE), generally called Śaṃkara, the famous commentator of the Brahmasūtra-s and of the principal Upaniṣad-s, and the systematic propounder of Non-dualism (Advaita) in Vedānta philosophy, is the most influential among the ancient commentators of the Bhagavadgītā (whose commentary on the Gītā is the earliest extant commentary on it available). While the authorship of first two works (i.e., the commentaries on Brahmasūtra-s and on principal Upaniṣad-s) is attributed to Śaṃkara with almost no uncertainty, the controversy among both the oriental and occidental scholars on his authorship of the commentary on Bhagavadgītā still looms in academia—the apparent reason of which might be that, unlike the Brahmasūtra-s and principal Upaniṣad-s, the Bhagavadgītāseems to have more dualistic consideration, a factor opposed to the very nature of Advaita Vedānta philosophy. However, this short article makes a survey of the views of those scholars to point out that the...

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Modern scholars’ views Śaṃkara Gītābhāṣya 

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Acknowledgments

I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Theodore N. Proferes (SOAS, University of London, my PhD supervisor), who set me in doing a survey of commentarial tradition of the Bhagavadgītā at my earlier stage of preparing draft chapters. Besides, Halder, my brothers, students Utsav etc. are always there.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNarasinha Dutt CollegeHowrahIndia

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