Commentary on the Panchadasi
by Swami Krishnananda

Publishers' Note

Panchadasi is a comprehensive text of Advaita Vedanta written by Sri Swami Vidyaranya who is regarded highly as a great scholar in Advaita philosophy after Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya. Sri Swami Vidyaranya has also adorned Sringeri Sharada Peetham established by Sri Sankaracharya as its spiritual head. In his masterpiece work ‘Panchadasi’, he has very beautifully brought out the essence of all Upanishads and intrinsic Vedanta philosophy in sublime ode. This metrical composition has fifteen chapters divided into three sections of five chapters each viz. Viveka Panchaka, Deepa Panchaka and Ananda Panchaka.

The 42 discourses that became these two volumes were given by Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj to sadhakas and spiritual seekers from August to October 1989. Then there was a break due to Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s ill health, and when Swamiji recovered he thought these lectures are sufficient to understand the crucial import of the Panchadasi. At the beginning of the Sixth Chapter, Chitradipa, Light on the Analogy of a Painted Picture, Swamiji mentions that it is philosophically the most important of all the chapters. We are, therefore, very fortunate to have this chapter in its entirety and to be able to bring it out in print on this most auspicious occasion.

May the blessings of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj be upon all!