Thursday, March 23, 2006

A Vivekachudamani Review

I wrote to Prof. Grimes saying the anecdotes in the Ganapathi book moved me (and my friends) a lot, he replied

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Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 09:39:17 -0500
From: John A Grimes
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Thank you. There is a wonderful book review of the V. in the latest issue of Philosophy East West.
John
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The review he is talking about is titled The Vivekacūdāmani of Śankarācārya Bhagavatpāda: An Introduction and Translation (a PDF link) by Berger, Douglas L. in Philosophy East West 55.4 page. The review ends with:


The translation itself is a testament to Grimes’ surpassing Sanskrit skills and thorough knowledge of Veda¯ntic textual exegesis. The unusually lucid presentation of the Sanskrit slokas is rendered with exactness and eloquent clarity in the English. The accompanying Upanisadic cross-referencing and Sanskrit-English lexicon of key terms will prove themselves enormously helpful to lay readers, students, and scholars. In his efforts to make this classic speak to spiritual seekers, modern readers, and scholars alike, and thus to reveal its perennial richness and multivalence, Grimes has resoundingly succeeded.

My previous post on the book.

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