A Treatise on Advaita Vedanta


(English Translation of Vicaracandrodaya of Pandit Pitambar) (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation)




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About the book

A prakarana in old Hindi (one of the regional mixed dialects), Vicaracandrodaya elucidates the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta in the form of questions and answers. Pandit Pitambar, the author of the text, presents this work as dialogue between a guru and his disciple. This book is an English translation of Vicaracandrodaya, by S. Bhuvaneshwari. It is spread across 249 questions and their answers, and takes the reader into the essence of the entire Vedanta Shastra. It also contains a Laghu-vedanta-kosa explaining the basic Vedantic terms and a chapter as “index” providing quick reference to the basic concepts of Advaita Vedanta.

The author enunciates that a true knowledge seeker who studies this text under a brahmanist guru will get to know the “secret knowledge” of Vedanta. And this knowledge will dispel darkness from his mind as the rising moon dispels darkness from the world. However, he insists that it should be studied from a guru with sraddha as Vedanta cannot be grasped without the guidance of an enlightened teacher. Also, this book serves as a ready reference to the basic concepts as discussed in Panchadasi of Vidyaranya and Vicarasagara of Niscaladasa.

This volume is both a guide to the beginners in Vedanta and a text for nididhyasana. It will benefit all the people who dwell in the domain of Vedanta.


About the author

  1. Bhuvaneshwari (b. 1976) has been studying the Prasthana Traya, Bhasya and Advaita Prakarana from Swami Paramarthananda Sarasvati of Chennai since 1994. Having obtained a BA in Economics and MA in Public Admin-istration, she later branched out and procured her Masters in Philosophy, and Sanskrit as well. She is a Gold Medalist in MA Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras (2004-06). She was awarded the PhD (2010) for her study on the Sanskrit text Vichara Sagara.

Her other area of interest is the Philosophy of Art, especially the aesthetic theories of Bharata, Abhinavagupta and Hegel. She has over fifteen articles to her credit in both Advaita Vedanta and Aesthetics.



Kala 1 Introduction
Kala 2 Superimposition and Negation of the World
Kala 3 I Am the Witness of the Three Bodies
Kala 4 I Am Beyond the Five Sheaths
Kala 5 I Am the Witness of the Three States
Kala 6 Falsity of the World
Kala 7 “Features” of Self
Kala 8 Existence Consciousness Absolute Happiness
Kala 9 Indescribability
Kala 10 General and Specific Consciousnesses
Kala 11 Establishment of the Oneness of the Word-meanings of tat and tvam
Kala 12 Destruction of Karma in the Enlightened
Kala 13 The Seven Jnana-bhumikas
Kala 14 Jivanmukti and Videhamukti
Kala 15 The Object of Vedanta
Kala 16 Concise Lexicon of Vedanta
Index of Advaitic Concepts in Kala 16
Word Index


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