Sureśvara

Sureśvara (also known as Sureśvarācārya), c. 750 CE) was an Indian philosopher, who studied under Śankara. Śankara is said to have entrusted to Sureśvara his first monastic institution, the Sringeri Sharada Peetham.

Little is known for sure about Sureśvara's life. According to a strong tradition within Advaita Vedānta, before he became a disciple of Śankara, Sureśvara was known as Maņdana Miśra, a Mīmāmsāka. After being defeated in debate by Śankara, Miśra renounced his life as a householder, and became a sannyāsin. Whether this Maņdana Miśra was the same as the author of "Brahmasiddhi" is questioned by modern scholars, on the basis of textual analysis.

Sureśvara was the Advaita tradition's "Vārttikakāra" (commentator), meticulously and critically examining Śankāra's work. In his non-commentary work, the "Naişkarmyasiddhi", he presents Avdaita philosophy clearly and simply.__NOTOC__

ources and further reading

Primary texts

*"Bŗhadāraņyakopanişadbhāşyavārttika" (commentary on Śankāra's works on the "IAST|Bŗhadāraņyaka Upanişad")
*"Naişkarmyasiddhi" (non-commentary)
*"Sambhandhavārttika" (commentary on Śankāra's introduction to the "Bŗhadāraņyaka Upanişad")
*"Taittirīyavārttika" (commentary on Śankāra's work on the "Taittirīya Upanişad")

econdary texts

*John Grimes, "Sureśvara" (in Robert L. Arrington [ed.] . "A Companion to the Philosophers". Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. ISBN 0-631-22967-1)
*Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, "et al." [edd] , "History of Philosophy Eastern and Western: Volume One" (George Allen & Unwin, 1952)

ee also

*Sringeri Sharada Peetham

References


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