[INDOLOGY] suggestions?

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 22 01:15:32 UTC 2019

Dear Madhav,

I recall that Arvind Sharma once wrote a book entitled "The Hindu Gita"

that explored the various commentarial traditions.


However, I haven't looked at it for at least 20 years and I do not recall it well enough to say whether it may clarify the question you are raising. Its

primary concern is to introduce the philosophical standpoint of the different commentators.

Another work that juxtaposes aspects of the content of the Sankara and Ramanuja commentaries Is Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad's


But I am not at all sure that either of these titles addresses directly the issue of varying padacchedas.

It is possible that Van Buitenen's book on the Ramanuja commentary on the Gita may be worth consulting as well.



Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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Subject: [INDOLOGY] suggestions?

I am looking for some English language book or article that discusses how passages from the Bhagavadgītā or Upaniṣads have been subjected to multiple padacchedas and interpretations by different commentators.  I have most of the Sanskrit commentaries, but I need to provide some reading materials for a few readers who are interested in this phenomenon, but don't read Sanskrit commentaries.  Any suggestions?

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus
Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan
[Residence: Campbell, California]

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