Govindapada, aka: Govindapāda; 1 Definition(s)


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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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According to the “Vṛddhatraya” written by Haladhara, Govindapāda was a great “yogi” who believed in “Sanātana Dharma” and who advocated the Advaita tradition. He is said to have been taught the “Mahābhāṣya” and Advaitic doctrines by Gauḍapāda. He in turn revealed these doctrines to Śaṅkara when the latter became his disciple. It is also believed that it was he who directed Śaṅkara, at the end of his internship, to write a commentary on the Brahma-sūtra.

Govindapādais believed to have four works to his credit, namely,

  1. Yoga-tārāvalī
  2. Advaitānubhūti
  3. Brahmāmṛtavarṣiṇī
  4. Rasahṛdayam
Source: Google Books: Bhāmatī and Vivaraṇa Schools of Advaita Vedānta
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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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