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Suresvara's Vartika on Asva and Asvamedha Brahmana

Shoun Hino (Author) K.P. Jog (Author)

These two Brahmanas are actually Suresvara's exposition of Sankara's Bhasya on the first chapter of the Brhadaranyakopanisad. They form a sequel to his almost independent treatise, The Sambandhavartika, wherein he has dwelt upon the doctrine that ritual is also useful to one in one's effort to attain liberation, for it purifies first the intellect and then the individual self, thereby paving way to the rise of the knowledge about the reality, i.e. to liberation. He then turns to explain ---following the Brhadaranyakopanisad itself--- how the horse sacrifice, the most prominent among the various rituals, becomes useful to one in attaining the knowledge about the reality: this on the basis of (i) the Upanisadic sentences vidyaya va karmana va and tadd haital lokajid eva and (ii) Sankara's statement that Asvamedha secures for one the reward in the attainment of the knowledge of collectivity and individuality of the one Real, viz. Atman (samastivyastiphalatva). This forms the beginning of Brahmavidya 'the lore of the Brahman'. Naturally, it begins with the explanation of transmigratory or worldly existence of an individual and the statement that the pursuit of this ritual as worship of the deity Aditya (or variously called as Agni and Arka) leads one to the knowledge of the Hiranyagarbha, the first and subtlest manifestation of the Brahman--- thus, it forms the first step of one to liberation.

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About the authors

Shoun Hino

Dr. Shoun Hino is Professor of Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Japan. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Poona in 1979 and works on Vedanta, Suresvara in particular. He is completing twelve-volume Suresvara’s study under the title of Advaita Tradition Series (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi) and recently published Puja and Samskara (Motilal Banarsidass) in collaboration with Prof. M. Tachikawa.

K.P. Jog

Dr. K.P. Jog (M.A. Ph.D., Bombay) is a renowned Vedic Scholar. He is a retired Professor of Vedic Sanskrit and General Editor of Sanskrit Dictionary Project of Deccan College, Pune. A National lecturer in Sanskrit for the year 1984-85 he was Director of Mm. P.V. Kane Research Institute of the Asiatic Society of Bomaby. His voluminous translation of Suresvara’s Vartika on Brhadaranyakopanisad is the mile-stone in Upanisadic studies.

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Title Suresvara's Vartika on Asva and Asvamedha Brahmana
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788120806436
length 128p., 9" X 5.75"cm.