Pañcadaśī, the famous composition of Śrī Bhārati Tīrtha and Swamī Vidyāraṇya, is a compendium of 15 Foundational Texts or prakaraṇa-granthas. This epic text is a singular treatise on the philosophical teachings of Advaita-vedānta, composed with an intention to dispel the ignorance of seekers by bringing to them an overall and complete grasp of the essentials of Vedanta. Truly any study of Advaita-vedānta is incomplete without a thorough study of Pañcadaśī.
Deriving its name from the number of chapters in it, the Pañcadaśī is classified into three sections:
(1) The first five chapters termed Viveka-pañcakam, deal with Existence or Sat, the discrimination of the real.
(2) The second five termed Dīpa-pañcakam, deal with Self as pure Consciousness or Cit.
(3) The last five termed Ānanda-pañcakam deal with the blissful nature of Brahman.
This volume contains the detailed lectures on the fourth chapter of Pañcadaśī, the Dvaita Vivekaḥ, delivered by Swami Advayananda, that were recorded during the weekly webinar satsaṅgs held at CIF between November 2017 and April 2018. A sincere study of these lectures will
bring to the student immense clarity on the foundational principles of Advaita-vedānta.
Recordings of lectures on the other chapters of the Pañcadaśī will be made available in due course.