[Advaita-l] Advaitabodhadipika

Ven Balakrishnan ventzu at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Apr 9 14:37:03 EDT 2021

My understanding from the English translation, is that it was originally written in Sanskrit by Sri Karapatra Swami and translated into Tamil by an unknown person, from which it was then translated into English by one of Ramana’s followers (Mungala Venkataramiah - the author of “Talks”).

From the foreword to the book:

“The last four chapters, Savikalpa Samadhi, Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Jivan Mukti, and Videha Mukti nor being found in Tamil, Telugu or Sanskrit Manuscripts could not be translated into English. Information on the missing chapters is earnestly sought and will b e gratefully acknowledged by the publisher.
Our grateful thanks are due to H. H. Smt. Shanta Devi Maharani of Baroda and H. H. the Maharaja of Travancore for sending us the original Sanskrit Manuscripts of this work from the State Libraries for Maharshi's consultation and return.
This book is one of the few esteemed by Sri Maharshi and this translation was thoroughly revised in His Presence. So we are encouraged to present this small volume to the public with full confidence that the reader will benefit by it.”

> On 9 Apr 2021, at 06:29, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Apr 2021, V Subrahmanian wrote:
>> I scanned through all the pages and found there is no original Sanskrit text
>> in this book; it is completely a translation to Tamil.  At the end of the
>> book a list of texts cited therein is given:
>> This includes the Veda, 'asango hyayam purushah', Vyasa Sutra, VasiShTha
>> (Yoga Vasishtha), Vivekachudamani, Smriti, Maitrayani shakha, Gita,
>> Pandhadashi, Purana, Ramayana and Sutasamhita. 
> Thankyou to all those who replied to me.  The reason I asked is because the widely available English translation published by Ramanashrama claims to be based off a Sanskrit translation of the original Tamil work.  I received a query from a person who was looking for this Sanskrit version and was unable to find it.  I have also been unable to find it.  I suspect there never was a Sanskrit version, the English is translated directly from Tamil.
> -- 
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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