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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1136 - Śaṅkarācārya - Vākyasudhā
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1136 - Śaṅkarācārya - Vākyasudhā
Vākyasudhā, circa 1700-1850.
Physical description:
1 item (4 leaves) : paper ; 10 x 21 cm.
Manuscript is used for contemplation, study, and recitation; contains a short philosophical synopsis highlighting the main teachings of Śaṅkarācārya, as well as a short work of praise (stotra) to the Hindu deity Śiva attributed to the same author. The philosophical work (f. 1r-4v) presents ideas about perception of the Self (ātman) and its relationship to consciousness and the manifestation of emotions, desires and the like. It draws from a wealth of interpretive writings on the Upaniṣads, illuminating such well known phrases as, You are that (tat tvam asi). The work is written from the perspective of the Advaita (non-dualism) Vedanta school of philosophy. The stotra (f. 4v) is dedicated to twelve different names of Śiva when he is manifest in his light form (jyotirliṅga), related to twelve pilgrimage sites on the South Asian sub-continent.
Title for manuscript from colophon of predominant work (f. 4v); title of second text Dvādaśajyotirliṅgāni from final colophon (f. 4v).
Written in 9-11 lines per leaf.
4 leaves foliated 1-4, upper left and lower right verso.
Internal colophon: iti vākyasudhā sa[maptā] (f. 4v).
Mistakes blacked out; some corrections and additions in margins; machine-made paper is blue and beige.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 1136
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 1136
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
Vernacular script:
वाक्यसुधा, १७००-१८५०.
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