Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

Aitareya Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Here you can read Aitareya Upanishad with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Vedanta Swāmī Shankara-Ācārya (788-820) online. Aitareya Upanishad is contained in the Ṛig Veda and forms a part of the Aitareya Āraṇyaka. The Aitareya Upanishad is a short prose text, divided into 3 chapters, containing 33 verses. It comprises the 4-5th and 6th chapters of the Aitareya Āraṇyaka. It is one of the Classical 11 Upanishads.

Kena Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Here you can read Kena Upanishad with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Vedanta Swāmī Shankara-Ācārya (788-820) online. The Kena Upanishad belongs to the Talavakāra Brāhmaṇa of Sama Veda, giving the etymological roots of an alternate name of Talavakāra Upanishad for it, in ancient and medieval era Indian texts. The Kena Upanishad is also referred to as the Kenopanishad.

Isha Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Isha Upanishad (Īśā Upaniṣad) with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Swāmī Shankara-Āchārya: The (Vedic) mantras (verses) beginning with Īśāvāsyam have not been utilised in karma (rituals etc.), for they serve to reveal the true nature of the Self, which is not an appendage to karma. The real nature of the Ātman consists in Its purity, sinlessness, oneness, eternity, incorporeity, omnipresence, etc.

Vivekachudamani: The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination | Śankara-ācārya

The Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, literally "The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination," is perhaps the most famous non-commentarial work of Śankara that expounds Vedanta philosophy. Viveka means “discrimination”, Cūḍā is crest and Mani – jewel. Hence the title means “Crest jewel of discrimination”. Just as the jewel on the crest of a diadem is the most conspicuous ornament on the person’s body, so the present treatise is a masterpiece among works treating of discrimination between the Real and the Unreal.

Brahma Sutras – According to Shankara

Brahma Sūtras according to Shankara is the fundamental work of Vedānta Sūtras of Bādarāyaṇa with commentaries of Śaṅkarācārya, the famous Advaita Vedanta teacher and saint of 8th...

Bhagavad Gita with Commentaries of Shankara

Bhagavad Gītā with Commentaries of Śrī Ādi Shankara Āchārya (788–820), the famous Hindu teacher and philosopher, the great teacher of Advaita Vedānta. It was due to him that Hinduism witnessed a great revival of spirituality and Hinduism and many returned to the path of God-realization.Below you can read full text of Bhagavad Gītā with Shankarāchārya’s commentaries online.

Dakshinamurthy Stotram by Shankara-acharya

The Dakṣiṇāmūrti Stotram of Śrī Śaṅkarācārya contains some of the most profound teachings of Advaita Vedanta. The wisdom conveyed by its verses can bring about a radical transformation of one's world view by removing ignorance about the world, about Bhagavan, and about oneself.Why does Dakṣiṇāmūrti face south?