Text Size
  • slide1
  • slide1

Brahma Sutras is one of the books of Prasthana-traya and is an authoritative book on Hindu Philosophy. brahma-sutraThe Brahma Sutras are attributed to Badarayana. However, some authors including Adi Shankara treat Badarayana, the author of the Brahma Sūtra, as a distinct person, than Krishna Dwipayana Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata.

There are six schools of classical Indian philosophy, namely: Nyaya, Vaisheshhika, Sankhya, Yoga, Mimansa and Vedanta. Sutras are pithy statements that elaborate upon some specific aspect of the field and thus serve as a point of reference for all matters of philosophical import. The authors of each school's sutra are called sutra-karas. They are

  • Gautama (મહર્ષિ ગૌતમ) for the Nyaya School,
  • Kanada(મહર્ષિ કણદ) for the Vaisheshika School,
  • Kapila (મહર્ષિ કપિલ) for the Samkhya School,
  • Patanjali (મહર્ષિ પતંજલિ) for the Yoga School,
  • Jaimini (મહર્ષિ જૈમિનિ) for the Mimansa School, and
  • Badarayan (બાદરાયણ) for the Vedanta School.

Upanishads (Shruti prasthāna, the starting point of revelation) and the Bhagavad-Gita (Smriti prasthana, the starting point of remembered tradition) are the basic source texts of Vedanta school. The Brahma Sutras attempt to reconcile the seemingly contradictory and diverse statements of the various Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, by placing each teaching in a doctrinal context.

The word sutra means thread, and the Brahma Sutras literally stitch together the various Vedanta teachings into a systematic and logical order. At the time of composition of Brahma Sutras, there were difference of opinion among the various interpreters of the Vedānta namely Audulomi, Jaimini, Badarayan to name a few. Brahma Sutra seamlessly arrange and interprete their views and offer conclusion.

Brahma Sutras consists of 555 Sutras (aphorisms) arranged in Adhikaranas (topics) and divided in 16 Padas (sections) inside 4 Adhyayas (chapters). The very first sutra which says athato brahma jignasa – Now, therefore the inquiry (into the real nature of Brahman) set tone for discussion. Besides elaborating upon Brahman, Brahma Sutras discuss the role of karma and God and critically address the various doctrines associated with Buddhism, Jainism, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Shaiva, Shakta, Atheism, and Sankhya philosophies.

Sanskrit is very elastic. One can derive different meaning according to his own intellectual calibre and spiritual experiences. The Brahma Sutras are so terse that not only are they capable of being interpreted in multiple ways, but they are often incomprehensible without proper commentary.

Many commentaries have been written on Brahma Sutras, the earliest one being the one by Adi Shankara with his non-dualistic (Advaita) interpretation of the Vedānta. It was subsequently commented by Vachaspati and Padmapada. Ramanuja’s commentary, also called Sri Bhasya, lays the foundations of the Vishisht-advaita tradition and refutes Adi Shankara’s Advaita views. Other commentators on the Brahma Sutras include Bhaskara, Yadavaprakasa, Kesava, Nilakantha, Madhvacharya, Vallabha, Vijnanabhiksu and Nimbarka.

Their commentaries are in Sanskrit and are too short and insufficient for a comprehensive study or are extremely tough to be of any use by men of ordinary understanding. The work of Yogeshwarji on Brahma Sutra in Gujarati language is unique in itself and is unrivalled by any other. His commentary is neither too short to be useless, nor too verbose to be unintelligible, but is useful to all, especially the spiritual aspirants.

Explore Brahma Sutra verses in Sanskrit, along with its Gujarati translation and Shri Yogeshwarji’s commentary.

Facebook Feed

Recent Comments

  • મંગલ મંદિર ખોલો
    Vatsal Thakkar
    Now when I have heard it with explanation I can feel the depth of this poem. Superb one ...
  • Guest Book
    Ritesh S
    Thanks for the putting the spiritual content online. It is very very helpful.
  • Guest Book
    Deven Shah
    I am fond of the collection on this site. My favorite still remains Gujarati version of Shivmahima ...
  • સનાતન ધર્મનું રહસ્ય
    Jay Vora
    સમય ને રોકી દેવો મતલબ જો તમે " કિૃૃષ " મૂવિ જોયુ હોય તો તેમા હીરોની વૈજ્ઞાનિક સાથે પહેલી મૂલાકાત થાય ...
  • સુખદુઃખ મનમાં ન આણીએ
    સુંદર .....અતિ સુંદર.
  • Guest Book
    Aatish Pandya
    Hari Om. In the sacred text section > Upanishad > Taitirri Upanishad > shikshawali not available. Can ...

Today's Quote

The character of a person is what he or she is when no one is looking.
- Anonymous


  • હિમાલયના પત્રો +

    હિમાલયના પત્રો લગભગ બે દાયકાના હિમાલય નિવાસ દરમ્યાન યોગેશ્વરજીએ લખેલ પ્રેરણાદાયી પત્રોનું સંકલન Read More
  • પ્રકાશના પંથે +

    પ્રકાશના પંથે સાધકો માટે ભોમિયાની ગરજ સારતી, મહાત્મા શ્રી યોગેશ્વરજીની સુપ્રસિદ્ધ આત્મકથા Read More
  • ભગવાન રમણ મહર્ષિ +

    ભગવાન રમણ મહર્ષિ યોગેશ્વરજીની સિદ્ધ કલમે તિરુવન્નામલૈના સુપ્રસિદ્ધ સંત શ્રી રમણ મહર્ષિના જીવન અને કાર્યો પર આધારિત ગ્રંથ Read More
  • સરળ ગીતા +

    સરળ ગીતા શ્રીમદ્ ભગવદ્ ગીતાનો યોગેશ્વરજી દ્વારા કરાયેલ સરળ ગુજરાતી પદ્યાનુવાદ ... Read More
  • પરબનાં પાણી +

    પરબનાં પાણી શ્રી યોગેશ્વરજીની સિદ્ધ કલમે આલેખાયેલ સંત મહાપુરુષોના જીવનના પ્રેરણાદાયી પ્રસંગચિત્રો Read More
  • મહર્ષિની સુખદ સંનિધિમાં +

    મહર્ષિની સુખદ સંનિધિમાં મૌની સાધુ કૃત 'In days of great peace' નો શ્રી યોગેશ્વરજી દ્વારા કરાયેલો ગુજરાતી અનુવાદ Read More
  • 1

Nitya Path

Unable to embed Rapid1Pixelout audio player. Please double check that:  1)You have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.  2)This web page does not have any fatal Javascript errors.  3)The audio-player.js file of Rapid1Pixelout has been included.




The Story of Lord Ram
દશરથપુત્ર ભગવાન રામના જીવનની કથા




The Great Story of Bharat Dynasty
પાંડુના પાંચ પુત્રો (પાંડવો) અને ધૃતરાષ્ટ્રના સો પુત્રો (કૌરવો) વચ્ચે થયેલ મહાભયકંર યુદ્ધનો ઈતિહાસ.

Bhagavad Gita



The song celestial
ભગવાન કૃષ્ણ દ્વારા અર્જુનને નિમિત્ત બનાવી માનવજાતિને અપાયેલ સંદેશ.