Commentaries on Brahma Sutra
The primary commentary as well as the oldest commentary on Brahma Sutra (whichis available at present) is the commentary of Sankaracharya termed as BrahmaSutra Bhashya or Shareeraka Bhashya (Brahma Sutra is also termed as Shareerakasutra as it is about Brahman even as the body encompasses the Self or Atman).The list of sub commentaries on Sankara’s Brahma Sutra Bhashya (in short BSB) areexhaustive and main ones alone are given below (the below are sub commentarieson Sankaracharya’s commentary).1.
Bhamathi of Vachaspathi Mishra2. Nyaaya Nirnaya of Anandagiri3. Bhashya Rathna Prabha of Govindananda4. Bhashya bhaava prakaashika of Chitsukhaacharya5. Panchapaadika of Padmapaada acharya (one of the senior and direct disciplesof Sankaracharya)Another important work which expounds the topic in each adhikarana in 2 slokaseach is the Adhikarana Ratna Maala of Bharathi Teertha Swamigal of sringeri (thiswork is also based on Sankara’s BSB).Yet another work which encompasses or summarizes Sankara’s BSB is theSankshepa Sareeraka of Sarvajnaatman Muni.The below are the sub commentaries available on Bhamathi of Vachaspathi Mishra:1.
Kalpatharu of AmalaanandaParimala of Appayya Dikshitar (sub commentary on Kalpatharu)Abhoga of Lakshmi Nrsimha (sub commentary on Kalpatharu)2.
RjuPrakaashika of Akandhaananda YatiThe below are the commentary list which are on the Panchapaadika of Padmapaadaacharya (not all are mentioned as there are many commentaries on the same):1.
Prabhodha Parishodini of Atmasvaroopaacharya2. Tatparya Dyotini of Vijnaanaatman3. Panchapaadika Vivarana of PrakaashaatmanTattvadipana of Akhadananda SaraswathiRjuvivarana of sarvajnavishnuTaatparya dipika of ChitsukhacharyaBhaava prakaashika of NrsimhaacharyaA person need not be worried or surprised hearing the names of the above works –all these works explain in detail what Sankaracharya explains very briefly. Themeaning or import is the same in all these works. The import or the goal is moreimportant than the path which is being followed. Even if the path is wrong, one willreach the goal but the time taken will be more as the seeker will realize that the pathis wrong and then will go through the right path (if he doesn’t know the right pathitself, he will search for the path and will get it from a Guru). But for a person whohas the goal itself wrong, there will be no reaching the goal as he will always besearching or going towards something else.