Preceptors of Advaita
SOME AUTHORS OF WORKS IN REGIONAL LANGUAGES
Tandavaraya Svamikal is very popular among the Advaitins of Tamil land whether literate or illiterate. His famous work in Tamil Kaivalya-navanitam (Butter of Kaivalya-Moksha) is so named as the author himself explains, because he has taken the cream of wisdom from the various pots of milk of jnana entrusted to succeeding generations by the great sages and seers of this sacred land. Its language is so simple and its exposition is so concrete and full of homely illustrations, that it is so popular amongst even the illiterate men and women of Tamil land. Many a widow and many an old man forget the miseries of this world and immerse themselves in the joy of this knowledge. It is popular in the Kerala country and also on the borders of the Andhra desa. In addition, there is a popular translation in Malayalam almost echoing the words and phrases of the original. When in the last century somewhere in 1865, Murdock published for the first time a classified catalogue of Tamil printed books he assured us that this book was one of the highest authorities on Sankara’s Vedanta in the Tamil land. There is also a translation in Sanskrit with the same name by one Sanku Kavi. This Sanku Kavi states that he is a disciple of Krishnananda whom some identity with Krishnananda the author of Siddhanta-siddhanjana. The German Missionary Dr. Graul considered this so very important as to be translated into German language. The Ramanasrama has sponsored a translation into English thus placing this book before the International audience.
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