Author: Michael Comans
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170301688
Advaitamoda the fragrance of Advaitamoda by Mahamahopadhyaya Vasudevasastri Abhyankar is a very useful book for understanding the two great Vedanta tradition. Advaita Vedanta and Visistadvaita Vedanta. Advaitamoda contains four chapters The first two chapters present the teachings of Advaita and of Visistadvaita respectively. Then follows a summation of the differences between these two traditions. The third and fourth chapters enter into a detailed critique of the arguments which Ramanuja advanced against Advaita in the LAGKU and Maha-Sidhanta portions of his great work, the Sri Bhasya.
The procedure followed in these chapters is that a. passage from the Sri Bhasya is firstly cited and then taken up for discussion. In the way . Most of the Laghu and Mahasidhania portions of Sri Bhasya systematically quoted and discussed. Dr Michael Oomans, from the Australian National University, who has studied Advaita Vedanta in traditional manner over a number of years, has translated the Advaitamoda from Sanskrit into English. In addition to the translation, he has written a commentary in English upon much of the text, where he explains- and elaborates various topics as they arise.
This commentary is very helpful, especially as it provides an accurate and detailed understanding of Advaita Vedanta. This work is for all students of Indian Philosophy and especially those who are interested in the Vedanta traditions. The book contains an Introduction Detailed Table of Contents the Translation of Advaitamoda with Commentary, the Sanskrit text an Index. The foreword 12 by Professor/J V de Jong.
EDITIONS AND NOTES
DETAILED TABLE OF THE CONTENTS OF ADVAITAMODA
INTRODUCTORY COMMUNICATION BY VASUDEVASASTRI
1. The Advaita Teaching
2. The Visistadvaita Teaching : Summary of Differences
3. Visistadvaita is logically untenable
4. Avidya is logically tenable