Post-Shankaran Vedantins

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Dec 14 17:54:40 CST 1998

On Thu, 10 Dec 1998, Jay Lakhani wrote:

> I have recently joined this list of Advaita Vedanta. Please excuse me if I
> get things wrong. Can I request the list to tell me what are the names of
> people who have best understood and propagated Advaita philosophy since the
> time of Adi Shankara?

I would say...


In his purvashrama the Mimamsaka Mandana Mishra, on becoming a disciple of
Shankaracharya wrote important works explaining and defending his teachers
positions on the relationship between karma and Jnana.


His Khandanakhandakhadya is the first great polemical work of Advaita
Vedanta and still one of the best.  It firmly bases Advaita Vedanta on
logical grounds.

Swami Ananand Giri

The authoritative commentator on most of Shankaracharyas works.

Swami Bharati Tirth and Swami Vidyaranya

This illustrious Guru-shishya pair were Jagadgurus of Shringeri and
responsible many major works.

Appaya Dikshita

A genius who wrote on many shastras including authoritative works on
Advaita Vedanta.

Swami Madhusudan Saraswati

The leading Advaitin of his generation and polemicist against Dvaita.
He clearly and cogently explained the relationship between Jnana and


The most important person on this list in terms of "propagating" Advaita
philosophy.  The least important in terms of "best understood"

Swami Jayendra Saraswati

Probably this centuries most popular teacher and philosopher of Advaita

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

"bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam"
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