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The Brahma Sutras, also known as Vedanta Sutras, constitute the Nyaya prasthna, the logical starting point of the Vedanta philosophy (Nyya = logic/order). No study of Vedanta is considered complete without a close examination of the Prasthana Traya (Prasthanatrayi), the texts that stand as the three starting points. The Brahma Sutras are attributed to Badarayana. The book gives word-to word meaning. --Wikipedia
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  • Hardcover: 920 pages
  • Publisher: Advaita Ashrama; First Edition (stated) edition (January 23, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8175051051
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175051058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Vir on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am writing this review to balance out a totally unfair review that has been posted by someone on not just one but three translations of the Brahma-Sutras, all on the same day. The reviewer states that she found the book too difficult and that's why the lowest possible rating. Although I appreciate her honesty, I cannot agree with the low rating simply because the book is too difficult to read. If difficulty in reading a book would be the sole criterion used to judge it then we would have to give one star to most great books of the world, which tend to remain indecipherable so long as we don't put any significant work into understanding them. Certainly there is nothing illegal in this kind of review carpet-bombing but in venting their emotions they do harm to both the book as well as to potential readers who may profit by reading it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tepi on January 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
BRAHMA SUTRA BHASYA of Shankaracharya. Translated by Swami Gambhirananda. Foreword by Dr. T.M.P. Mahadevan. Kolkata: Advaita Ashrama, Ninth Impression, October 2006. Hardback, xxiv + 920 pages.

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, a text traditionally attributed to Badarayana in which the teachings of Vedanta are set forth in a systematic and logical order.

The Brahma Sutras is a 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. 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.

Swami Gambhirananda's edition of the Brahma Sutras (although not perhaps the most approachable in that it goes into far more detail than, for example, that of Swami Sivananda) is authoritative, thorough, and written in an impressively lucid and accurate English; we should all be grateful to him for the enormous labors he must have undertaken in order to make this Indian masterpiece available to an English-speaking audience.

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.

For other editions of this classic see my Listmania List: BRAHMA SUTRAS.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nehal D. Patel on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a gemstone of a translation. What you extract from the study of this erudite text is proportional to how much time and energy you devote in studying it. The Vedantic philosophical tradition represents one of the highest pinnacles of philosophical inquiry and speculation to have unfolded within the human experience. Approach the subject with alacrity and passion...and you will be rewarded. You may even reap the end-fruit of jnana-yoga: liberation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hariharan Nellaiah on October 15, 2013
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Brahmasutra Bhasya of Shri Shankara may be considered the apex of the pyramid of his commentaries on the triple canons of Vedanta (Prasthana Traya) viz., the Upanisads, the Bhagavadgita and the the Brahma Sutras. The venerable Acharya's razor-sharp intellect, his powers of dialectics, his unrivaled eloquence of exposition and his robust conviction of the the Truth of Nonduality ( Advaita) are fully in evidence in his outstanding commentary on Brahma Sutras. The author of Brahma Sutras is none other than the illustrious Veda Vyasa, the celebrated author of Mahabharata. The Sutras are laconic aphorisms that lend themselves to different interpretations by different schools of Vedanta. Because of their extreme brevity, they are hard to understand. It is to the eternal credit of Shankara that he has, out of his compassion for the scholarly community, correctly interpreted the Sutras in an exhaustive manner and established the the eternal validity and authenticity of Advaita on the basis of Sage Vyasa's cryptic Sutras. The book, albeit admittedly abstruse and brain-teasing, is a veritable repast to scholars who revel in grappling with recondite ideas and the dazzle of daring dialectics. A Sanskrit text dealing with complex and arcane ideas of Advaita is a hard nut to crack. It is certainly an astounding feat of literary and philosophical achievement that Swami Gambhirananda, one of the senior most monks of Ramakrishna Math, has provided a very lucid and faithful English translation of Shankara's matchless commentary. The Brahma Sutras are a forbidding terrain on which even the angels of philosophy fear to tread.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hughes on September 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been interested in this book for a while, but I'm holding out until they release an actual Kindle edition of it. This file is just a bunch of scanned pages.
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Format: Hardcover
Schopenhauer said the that the wisdom we find on the banks Ganges won't be perturbed by the little escapade in Galilee. He was right.

Here we have Adi Shankara battling the materialists and the buddhists! He wins.

I think a the Sivananda is the better commentary for the new customer tho. This version if for the super dedicated.
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