BRAHMA SUTRAS - An Advaita Vedanta Classic

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The list author says: "No mastery of Vedanta is considered complete without a careful study of the three texts that stand as the three starting points: the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Brahma Sutras (Vedanta Sutras), a text traditionally attributed to Badarayana in which the teachings of Vedanta are set out in systematic and logical order.

The Brahma Sutras is a somewhat difficult but important scripture of Vedanta. It consists of 555 brief aphorisms which give the essence of the arguments on a topic and which are rich with implication. The reason for condensing Advaita into 555 aphorisms was so that the entire system could be memorized and carried in the head. These aphorisms will always be found interspersed throughout a lengthy and detailed commentary, of which the most important for Advaitins is the Shankara Bhasya, since it would be quite impossible to understand them without some sort of commentary.

Readers should be aware that this is really a book only for advanced students of Vedanta who have already mastered the scriptures and have a strong grounding in all six systems of Indian thought.

The book is in dialogue form and consists in an attempt to refute the dualistic arguments of rival Vedic interpreters. Detailed arguments by these rivals of Advaita are cited. These attacks are then in turn analyzed, point-by-point and often in great detail, and refuted by the commentator who sees it as his task to establish the correctness of the Advaitic position.

Though not available at Amazon, a really excellent book if you can find it is: Vedanta Explained - Samkara's commentary on the Brahma Sutras with New Light on the Philosophy of Samkara. By V. H. Date. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1973. Hardback, Set of 2 vols, pp.xxvi+952. ISBN 8121503337

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Brahma Sutras: Text, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation, and Commentary
1.  Brahma Sutras: Text, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation, and Commentary by Bādarāyaṇa
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  "Swami Sivananda's seems to be the most approachable edition of the Brahma Sutras. He has obviously done his best to make this difficult text as accessible and intelligible as he could.  Recommended. A PDF file of this book can be downloaded from www.swami-krishnananda.org/bs_0.html"
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Brahma Sutra Bhasya Of Shankaracharya
2.  Brahma Sutra Bhasya Of Shankaracharya by Sankaracarya
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  "Another authoritative and well-known edition (though more complex and difficult than the former) translated by Swami Gambhirananda. Swami Krishnananda's 'An Analysis of the Brahma Sutra' will be found online at The Divine Life Society E-Bookstore."
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Brahma-Sutras According to Sri Sankara
3.  Brahma-Sutras According to Sri Sankara by Badaranyana
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  "Translated by Swami Vireswarananda and with a comparative study of the bhasyas of Shankara, Ramanuja, and Nimbarka."
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The Brahma Sutra: The Philosophy of Spiritual Life
4.  The Brahma Sutra: The Philosophy of Spiritual Life by S. Radhakrishnan
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  "Radhakrishnan, India's illustrious scholar-statesman and author of an important edition of the Upanishads, and a standard history of Indian Philosophy along with many other works, here presents his very highly regarded translation of the Brahma Sutra."
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The system of the Vedanta: According to Badarayana's Brahma-sutras and Cankara's commentary thereon set forth as a compendium of the dogmatics of Brahmanism from the standpoint of Cankara
5.  The system of the Vedanta: According to Badarayana's Brahma-sutras and Cankara's commentary thereon set forth as a compendium of the dogmatics of Brahmanism from the standpoint of Cankara by Paul Deussen
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  "Deussen was a well-known Sanskritist who was also, interestingly, a school chum of Nietzsche."
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The Vedanta-Sutras, or Brahma Sutras: With Commentary (Forgotten Books)
6.  The Vedanta-Sutras, or Brahma Sutras: With Commentary (Forgotten Books) 
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  "Reprint of an interesting early translation, by George Thibaut, of Shankara's commentary. Swami Sivananda (Item #1) mentions this translation with respect in the Introduction to his own edition. This book seems a much better buy than the following two volumes. See my review for more information about this edition."
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The Sacred Books of the East: Volume 34. The Vedānta-Sūtras with the commentary by Sankarākārya. Part 1
7.  The Sacred Books of the East: Volume 34. The Vedānta-Sūtras with the commentary by Sankarākārya. Part 1 by Friedrich Max Müller
The list author says:
  "These look very much like the George Thibaut translations. I think that Max Muller's name is here because he was the Editor of the series. The people employed to type up descriptions of books often don't seem to understand that there is a difference between author, translator, and editor, and after typing the word "by" just stick down the first name they see."
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The Sacred Books of the East: Volume 38. The Vedānta-Sūtras with the Commentary by Sankarākārya. Part 2
8.  The Sacred Books of the East: Volume 38. The Vedānta-Sūtras with the Commentary by Sankarākārya. Part 2 by Friedrich Max Müller
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  "A serious problem with modern digital reprints like this is that we often don't really know what's going on because they tend to omit title pages and to begin with with the table of contents and so the names of author/translator/editor/original publisher/place of publication along with the date of publication are lost. Books thus mutilated cannot be cited and no longer have any authority as books."
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The Brahma Sutras with the Commentary of Sankaracharya: Bibliotheca Indica
9.  The Brahma Sutras with the Commentary of Sankaracharya: Bibliotheca Indica by K. M. Banerjea
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  "I would be wary of this book as the product details show it as containing only 108 pages and the Brahma Sutras is considerably longer. These reprints do occasionally look as if they are complete books but they can sometimes be just part of a book or  perhaps vol.1 only of a 2-vol. book. See my review."
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Vedanta-Parijata-Saurabha of Nimbarka and Vedanta-Kaustubha of Srinivasa (Commentaries on the Brahma-Sutras, 3 Volume Set)
10.  Vedanta-Parijata-Saurabha of Nimbarka and Vedanta-Kaustubha of Srinivasa (Commentaries on the Brahma-Sutras, 3 Volume Set) by Nimbārka
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  "Translated by Roma Bose. Nimbarka's commentary on the Brahma-Sutras known as the Vedanta-Parijata-Saurabha, and that of his immediate disciple Srinivasa styled the Vedanta-Kaustubha are the chief works of the school of philosophy associated with the name of Nimbarka."
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Brahma Sutras and Their Principal Commentaries
11.  Brahma Sutras and Their Principal Commentaries by B.N. Sharma
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  "A 3-volume set in 1848 pages which gives a comparative analysis of Madhva, Sankara, and Ramanuja."
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Shankara-Bhashya on the Brahma-Sutra
12.  Shankara-Bhashya on the Brahma-Sutra by M.R. Yardi
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  "Published by the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, New Delhi,"This book enshrines the quintessence of Vedanta philosophy and provides an insightful introduction to the understanding of the Brahma-Sutra for a lay person."
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