[Advaita-l] Gudharthadipika of Madhusudana Sarasvati

saha niranjan sahaniranjan at yahoo.co.in
Wed Aug 15 23:32:05 CDT 2012

Dear Scholars,

Namaskaram! Could any one get me clarified the following.
In the 
introductory verseĀ  4 of the Gudharthadipika, Madhusudana has termed the
 Vedas tripartite
 having karma, upasana, and jnana kandas respectively and mentioned 
the Gita too as having three kandas in 18 chapters accordingly. It is 
said that Sayanacarya in his Vedabhasya has also divided 
the Vedas into three parts , though the division into karma and jnana 
kands may seem to be explicit and bhakti or upasana kanda may be the 
corollary of the jnana kanda there. And it has been a tradition to consider 
Vedas as having three parts even before the advent of Sankara. 

Yamuna, Ramanuja, Keshavakashmiribhatta (1510 CE. Like Sankara, he 
describes the Gita as the essence of the entire Vedic lore), Nilakantha 
(16th century CE) etc. too have divided the Gita into three parts, 
though none of them have mentioned that the tripartite Gita coressponds 
to the tripartite Vedas.


So, can it be said that Madhusudana has borrowed the idea of tripartite 
Vedas from the tradition or from Sayana in order to make the Gita 
tripartite? or, it is Madhusudana's noble approach to the Gita?

With kind regards,

Sincerely yours,

Niranjan Saha

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