This is a unique work discussing the teachings of four of the great Advaita Acaryas : Gaudapada, Sankara, and his two disciples, Suresvara and Padmapada.
The first three chapters are concerned with the teachings of Gaudapada. These chapters refer to most of the verses of the Gaudapadakarika and one chapter specifically deals with the influence of mahayaa Buddhism on the thought of Gaudapada. The following three chapters discuss the teachings of Sankara.
About the Author:
Michael Comans (M.A.Ph.D.) began a serious study of Advaita Vedanta as a resident student of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the great teachers of present day India. After returning to Australia he studied for his doctorate under the guidence of the renowned Indologist, Professor L.W.de Jong, at the Australian National Iniversity.
"The arrangement of the book reflects the fact that it is aimed at both the specialist and the interested general reader....study is carried out with careful reference to the original sanskrit works and with sensitivity to the traditional context in which these works should be located of the book is particularly valuable and also serves as a corrective to certain trends of neo-Hinduism which downplay the importance of revelation and elevate the role of independent reasoning." - Journal of the South Asian Studies Vol. 25, No. 2, August,2002
"......very ambitious work, which covers a vast range of topics & problems......well conceived, well organised, & well written. Comans has produced a study of substance and importance which may well become the standard reference on early Advaita." - Journal of the American Oriental Society 123.3 (2003)