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श्री गुरुभ्यो नम: |सदाशिव समारम्भाम् शङ्कराचार्य मध्यमाम् |
अस्मदाचार्य पर्यन्ताम् वन्दे गुरु परम्पराम् ||
This website is a humble attempt at presenting the subject matter of the Advaita Siddhi, a text by SrI madhusUdana sarasvati svAminah, one of the greatest AchAryas within the advaita tradition. The text was written in response to a brilliant work titled nyAyAmrita, by SrI vyAsa tIrtha, an equally renowned and influential AchArya within the dvaita tradition. The terms siddhikAra and nyAyAmritakAra in the website refer to these two AchAryas respectively.
At the outset, I would like to state for the record that I do not feel particularly qualified to write about a text like the advaita siddhi. That I have even attempted such a foolhardy exercise as trying to present this complex text in English, is motivated by two reasons. As far as I am aware, there is no complete English translation of the text available today. Secondly, this is a text which demands deep engagement from the student. This becomes especially difficult for students of advaita not particularly comfortable in sanskrit. Therefore, this website has been created with the aim of making the text more accessible.
Philosophy in general, and moksha siddhAnta in particular, ought to live not in unopened books in libraries, but in the hearts and minds of its adherents. I hope this website will help bridge this gap.
I will try to translate most of the sanskrit words of the text, but in some places where the meaning is more comprehensible in sanskrit, I may decide to use the original sanksrit terms - I have often found the fully translated versions of texts more inscrutable than the sanskrit ones. The text is divided into four paricChedas or chapters. I will follow the order in the text and there will be a page on the website corresponding to each chapter.
The posts on this website are based on lectures in Tamil conducted on the advaita siddhi in Chennai by Sri R Krishnamurthy Sastrigal, Sri Mani Dravid Sastrigal and Sri Goda Venkateshwara Sastrigal. Clearly, any errors in presentation or understanding are my own and should not be attributed to the three stalwarts.
For people interested in such matters, the Sanskrit text follows the 2nd edition of the Advaita Siddhi as edited by mahAmahopAdhyAya vedAntaviSArada Anantakrishna sAstrigal, published by Pandurang Jawaji of the Nirnaya Sagar Press, Bombay (1937).
My deep-felt thanks to my gurus and many others who have helped in this regard.
Friday, 25th August 2017, Ganesh Chaturthi.