Swami Satchidanandendra`s major work represents the first large scale critical history of Advaita Vedanta ever attempted. It seeks to establish a clear view of the traditional advaita vedanta based on the upanishads Brahma sutras and bhagavad gita as systmatised by shankara and his close associates.
Unencumbered by the mass of conflicting theories developed by later writers of the theories developed by later writers of the school.
Stripping back these layers of later interpretation, Swami Satchidanandendra calls the reader back to Shankara, who never forgot that the ultimate purpose of all study and reflection is the attainment of immediate experience of one's own true nature as the 'Self of Ali'.
About the Author:
The author was born in the Karnatak in 1880 and assumed the name of Y. Subha Rau. He taught english in Bangalore as a householder til retirement in 1935. Inititated for the study of Shankara by the Jagadguru of Shringeri at about the age of 20 he devoted his life as layman and monk to the study and propagation of shankara`s interpretation of the upanishads in its theoretical and practical aspects.