Which books do you recommend for learning about all of the different branches of Sanatana philosophy in brief?

  • I have a copy of Sarva Darsana Sangraha written by 14th century Hindu scholar Madhava Acharya, where he lists the major schools of Sanatana philosphy and writes commentary on them.
  • Somebody recommended me The Principal Upanishads by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. How is that book?

Please recommend me some books and/or scriptures where I can learn about many different branches of Sanatana philosphy in brief.

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  • Sarva darshan sangrah is a classic book. Anither book is prasthaan-bheda by Shri Madhusudan Sarasvati.The copy of sarva darshan sangrah which I have is not good quality. Can you please share your copy with me? Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 13:36
  • @Vishalprabhulawande I got it from academia website. Can't find the link right now. However, it is available on Gutenberg website. Here is the link- gutenberg.org/ebooks/34125 . See if you are satisfied with the quality. If not, let me know. I shall try something else. Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 21:44

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Sarva Darśana Saṃgraha​ of Vidyāraṇya Mādhavācārya​ is one of the good one which describes various philosophies. Apart from this, I'm aware of two other works of similar in nature i.e describes various Darshanas (philosophies):

  1. Sarva Siddhāṃta Saṃgraha​ of Ādi Śaṃkarācārya​. It contains following chapters regarding various philosophies:
    1. Lokāyatika Pakṣa​
    2. Āharta​ Paksha
    3. Bauddha​ Paksha
    4. Vaiśeṣika Paksha
    5. Naiyāyika​ Paksha
    6. Prabhākara​ Paksha
    7. Bhaṭṭācārya​ Paksha
    8. Sāṅkhya​ Paksha
    9. Patañjali Paksha
    10. Vedavyāsa​ Paksha
    11. Vedānta Paksha

  2. Prasthāna Bheda of Madhusūdana Sarasvatī. It is a short work discusses about various scriptures and about Mimansa, Vedanta, PAshupata and PancharAtra in short.
  1. https://archive.org/details/historyofindianp04dasguoft/page/n8/mode/2up A history of Indian philosophy..5 volumes.
    by Dasgupta, Surendranath, 1885-1952; Dasgupta, Surama

  2. Sharirik bhashya I.e. shankarbhashya of Sankaracharya - the bhashya on Brahmasutra.

And many more books in Hindi or other Indian languages.

  • thanks. I can't find an ebook of Sharirik Bhashya in English. Could you help me with that? Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 10:23

These books are best in my view.

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