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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.This excellent commentary was printed some time a^o in Grantha characters by the late
Mahamahopadhyaya
Vedantakesari
BrahmaSri
Ga^apati astrigal of Panganad. Since it is more elaborate and helpful than that of the famous Sri Vidyaranya and since it even criticisesthe latter in
some
places, I thought
it
could be
very usefully includedthat are issued
amongSri
the Sastra Booklets
from the
Vani Vilas Press and
thus
made
available
for a larger Public.is
The
[j author of the commentary Abhinava 3ankara whoseclear.
stated tois
be one
identity
not quite
But
I
amof
led to consider
him
as one with
Venkatanatha, the author of Brahmanandagirithe most excellent commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, published some months ago in the Sri Vani Vilas Sastra series.
the
Guru
Venkatanatha speaks of his Guru as Abhinava 3ankara Rama Brahmananda and mentions a work named Pashandagajakesari as his. This
commentator also is named as Abhinava S'ankara and he also mentions the above work as his'
(vide p. 77).
It
is
quite probable that the two
Abhinava Sankaras were one and the same and
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on the that Venkatanatha wrote a commentary but Pasha^dagajakesari of his Guru. These aresurmises andtill
INTRODUCTION.a rare but excellant commentary on Sri Rudra is conceived of as Sri Rudradhyaya.
we have
to rest satisfied with
them
This
is
is any manuscript of Pashandagajakesari of found out. I would be very thankful if any
the
numerous readers of
this
book who come
the highest teaching of the entire Vedic literature and is held to be very sacred particularly as it
the same across such a manuscript, kindly send
contains the 3iva Panchakshari Mantra.
to me.
WT. K. Balasubrahmanyam.Its
si,
si
and importance as an invaluable help to happiness here and hereafter and for the attainment of final beatitude are emphasised in the preliminary portion of the commentarygreatness
by giving copious references to passages in the Vedas, the Smritis and the Puranas. He gives the Nyasas, details about there also some Abhisheka Vidhi and Puja Prakara. In the
main body of the book he gives out the Rishis, Chhandas and Devata for each mantra and also mentions how to make Purascharana and whatis
the particular benefitit.
thatwill
can be expected
from
All the same,
it
be noted that these
any aspirant to embark on any practical course without properdetails will
not
suffice
to help
initiation
and
guidance from a proper Guru.
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The commentaryandis
is
simpler andSri
more
idetailed
dates
cannot
than the standard Bhashya ofinterpretation.
be
determined
with
the scantythis
Sayanacharya
material available.is
Recent or ancient,
bookofSri
a distinct acquisition to the field of Vedic
bound
to be useful to all
whothe
desire to have a
closer
acquaintance
with
purport
Abhinava Sankara, the name givencommentator,is
to the
Rudra.scriptitself in
This was published years ago in Grantha
obviously a honorific title. He mentions on page 66 of this book that he has written another book called Pashandagajatesari
and
later
on by the
Sri
Vani Vilas Pressthe editions are
Devanagari.
As both
long out of print, we feel sure that this freshedition will be
welcomed by theR.
public.
Venkatanatha the author of the Brahmanandagiri Vyakhya on Srimad Bhagavad Gita mentionsthat his
Krishnaswamy Aiyar.
Guru was Abhinava Sankaracharya Rama Brahmananda Tirtha and specifically refers to Pashandagaja kesari as a work of his Guru and to a commentary on the same byThere can therefore be no doubt that that Guru is identical with the author of this Srihimself.
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Rudra Bhashyam.titles
Evidently fascinated by the given to him, an attempt is made to makeis
himfor
the head of a mutt but thereit
no warrantdisciple
particularly
as
he
or
his
Venkatanatha makes no mention of any Mutt. So Venkatanatha criticises MadhusudanaSarasvati, he
and
his
Guru must be considered
as relatively recent
authors though their exact
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