I have heard this name many times related to Adi Shankaracharya. He has given many lectures about Prasthantrayi. Is this any Upanishad, Purana or else?

I just want to know some brief detail about Prasthantrayi.


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Prasthana-traya are the basic source texts of Vedanta.

The three basic texts of Vedanta are the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma-sutra. Together they are referred to as the prasthana-traya, triple canon of Vedanta. The Upanishads constitute the revealed texts (Sruti-prasthana); they mark the summits of the Veda which is Sruti (the heard, the revealed). They are the pristine springs of Vedanta metaphysics; Vedanta is the name given to them because they are the end (aim as well as concluding parts) of the Veda (Veda + anta). The Bhagavad Gita comes next only to the Upanishads. It is given a status which is almost equal to that of the Upanishads. ....... As this text forms a part of the Mahabharata which is a Smriti (the remembered, i.e., a secondary text based on the Veda), it is called Smriti-prasthana. The third of the canonical texts is the Brahma-sutra which is regarded as Nyaya-prasthana, becasue it sets forth the teachings of Vedanta in a logical order.

T. M. P. Mahadevan's Foreward of Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankaracharya translated by Swami Gambhirananda

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