Apastamba Shankaras commentary quotes

Quotations in Sankara’s Commentary

AbbreviationQuantityWork cited
Apas.9Law-book of Apastamba (in prose)
Brihad.7Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Chand.5Chandogya Upanishad
Gautama1Law-book of Gautama (in prose)
Gita5Bhagavad Gita
Isa1Isa Upanishad
Kathaka6Katha Upanishad
Mahabh.7Mahabharata epic
Mahanar.5Mahanarayana Upanishad
Manu3Law-book of Manu (in verse)
Mund.6Mundaka Upanishad
Ivetas.1Svetasvatara Upanishad
Taitt.6Taittirlya Upanishad
Taitt. Ar.1Taittiriya Aranyaka
Taitt. Br.1Taittiriya Brahmana
Taitt. Sa.1Taittiriya Samhita
Unidentified1Perhaps a lost Upanishadic text

The relative frequency of the quotations from the Upanishads is close to that found in other commentaries of Sankara which are well authenticated.

The citations from non-Upanishadic authority are all found in his other commentaries; the numbers here, though small, show Sankara’s usual reliance on the Gita and the Mokshadharma section of the Mahābharata epic, and the Law-books of Manu and Apastamba. As the basic text is a section of the Apastamba itself, it is natural that there should be here a number of citations of other parts of that book.


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