Thursday, July 29, 2010

Commentaries of Sadasiva Brahmendra on Brahmasutra & Yogasutra

Sadasiva Brahmendra (also known as Sadasivendra Saraswati) was a great saint, a composer of Carnatic music and an Advaita philosopher who lived near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu during the 17th or 18th century CE. He composed mainly in Sanskrit. Only a few of his compositions have survived but they are recognised as great compositions of Carnatic Music. He was a unique blend of Jnanam & Bhakti.

He renounced the home at the time of his child-bride attaining puberty. He wandered about as an Avaduta, sleeping on the ground with hand as the pillow. He moved about near Trichy. He used to argue with scholars in his younger days. On being admonished by his guru, he became silent and observed mouna for the rest of his life. Several miracles are attributed to him. A few are mentioned by Paramahansa Yogananda in his classic 'Autobiography of a Yogi'. He was honored by princes whenever he was found, especially by Raja of Pudukottai. His samadhi is in Nerur,near Trichy.

His works include "Brahma Tatva Prakasika, Yoga Sudhakaram, Atma Vidya Vilasam, Sivayogadipika and Siva Manasa Puja" in addition to popular kirtans like "sarvam brahmamayam and piba re ramarasam".

His vrittis (commentaries) on Brahmasutra of Badarayana (named Brahma Tatva Prakasika) and on Yogasutra of Patanjali (named Yoga Sudhakaram) were published in Sanskrit by Sri Vani Vilas Press many decades back. It is not known if these texts have been translated into English.

For a detailed list of the works of this great saint, visit

Brahma Tatva Prakasika (Vritti on Brahmasutra) Trivandrum Series
Brahma Tatva Prakasika (Vritti on Brahmasutra) Sri Vani Vilas Edition
Yogasudhakaram (Vritii on Yogasutras)


  1. Hello shankara,

    I have uploaded Sri Nimbarkacharya's commentary on Brahma Sutra:

    [Vedanta-Parijata-Saurabha of Nimbarka and Vedanta-Kaustubha of Srinivasa. 3 Volumes, Published by Asiatic Society, During 1941-43.]

    If you like them, then please post them in your blog.

    Thanks & regards,
    Sabyasachi Mishra

  2. Mishraji,

    Thanks for the link. I will surely post it.

    Will you please give me your email address so that I could write to your in case I need any additional info. My id is shankara_2000 @ yahoo . com

  3. Hello Shankara,

    Yoga Shastra of Patanjali maharishi - Patanjali's Yoga sutra with Sri Vyasa Bhashya and many more such works are available at:

    Yogalahari :

    Probably you came across the site already, but it is a treasure trove with many many good works.
    Please link to it from your site, when appropriate.

  4. Maya,

    I am aware of this site. There is already a link to this site in "My Favourite Sites".

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  6. Srinath,

    I have made changes in the link to your post. Thanks for informing me about the change.

  7. Sir vavilala ramaswamy sasthri publisher printed telugu translation. If anyone has a copy be uploaded or any link available for download.