Sankara Dig Vijaya: The Traditional Life of Sri Sankaracharya
translated by Swami Tapasyananda
A traditional biography of Sankara (Shankara).
- 392 pages, Indian hardback
Due to the scarcity of data from long ago, biographies of Shankara must of necessity have a mythological bias in them. This is the first complete translation in prose of one of the traditional biographies of Shankaracharya. In his valuable introduction, Swami Tapasyananda discusses the dearth of data on Shankara's life which makes a biography along modern lines impossible and necessitates dependence on the traditional lives. This biography written by Vidyaranya conveys the power of Shankara's personality and the brilliance of his achievements, particularly in the fully reported philosophical debates with his opponents. Thus, enough can be said that one can find inspiration in this life of the major exponent of Vedanta.
This new hardback edition has been has been entirely reset presenting the text in a larger, cleaner type on higher quality paper than the original paperback edition, making the book much easier to read. A number of black and white photographs have been added along with a comprehensive index.