Does any one know of a source (preferably a publication in print) of 'Sri Sankara Bhashyam' for 'Sri Nrusimha Tapani Upanisad'?

As a background - some people, possibly Vaishnavas, believe that 'Sri Adi Shankaracharya' wrote a bhashyam for 'Sri Nrusimha Tapani Upanisad'. But I am not aware of any Smartha schools / institutions endorsing this notion. Personally I have not seen a Sankara Bhashyam for 'Sri Nrusimha Tapani Upanisad'.

Any one with additional references, please provide.

  • Yes, there is definitely one bhAshya on the Nrsimha tapani upanishad, supposedly written by Shankara. Paul Hacker mentions it. Its authenticity is debatable, though.
    – user16581
    Nov 18 '19 at 7:40

Commentary of Shankaracharya on Nṛsiṃha pūrva tāpaniya Upanishat exists.

Collected Works of Sankara 1910 Edition published by Sri Vani Vilas Press, Sri Rangam.

This book is a collection of various works which are believed to be written by Adi Shankaracharya. It contains following works:
1. Brahmasutra-bhashya
2. Brahmasutra-bhashya
3. Brahmasutra-bhashya
4. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 1: Isa, Kena [2], Katha, Prasna
5. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 2: Mundaka, Mandukya, Aitareya
6. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 3: Taittiriya, Chhandogya 1-3
7. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 4: Chhandogya 4-8
8. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 5: Brihadaranyaka 1-2
9. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 6: Brihadaranyaka 3-4
10. Upanishad-bhashya, vol. 7: Brihadaranyaka 5-6, Nrisimhapurvatapani
11. Bhagavad-Gita-bhashya, vol. 1: chaps. 1-9
12. Bhagavad-Gita-bhashya, vol. 2: chaps. 10-18
13. Vishnusahasranama and Sanatsujatiya Bhashyas
14. Vivekachudamani, Upadeshasahasri
15. Miscellaneous Prakaranas vol. 1: Aparokshanubhuti, etc. [7 works]
16. Miscellaneous Prakaranas vol. 2: Prabodhasudhakara, etc. [25 works]
17. Stotras, vol. 1 [30 works]
18. Stotras, vol. 2 [35 works, plus Lalita Trisatistotra Bhashya]
19. Prapanchasara, vol. 1
20. Prapanchasara, vol. 2.

Commentary on Nṛsiṃha pūrva tāpaniya Upanishat Starts with page 3352.

  • the link says that it some of those listed may or may not be Adi Shankara, but rather one of the later Sankaracharyas. other than the 10 major Upanishads, any other Upanishad commentaries are suspect. Nov 18 '19 at 12:47
  • @SwamiVishwananda Questions can and have been raised even about some of the ten upanishad bhAshyas. The vAkya bhAshya on the kena upanishad is one example. There are differences between some of the upanishad bhAshyas and the brahmasUtra bhAshya too, which anyone can notice on careful reading.
    – user16581
    Nov 18 '19 at 13:13
  • @SwamiVishwananda Yes. That is why I put emphasis on believed to be written. The book also lists many stotras for which the authorship of Adi Shankaracharya is debated. However my answer is for the question whether the commentary of upanishat is available or not. Some people believe this is the commentary of Adi Shankaracharya. Nov 18 '19 at 13:14
  • Thank you @Sarvabhouma I accept this answer. This is what I was exactly looking for. By any chance are there other volumes of this edition available? I have noticed references to Sri Vani Vilas Press in various books, is it still in business? I suppose not, but want to confirm
    – Vidyarthi
    Nov 22 '19 at 2:39
  • @Vidyarthi My search results were not positive. I think it's not publishing anymore. There are 20 volumes of the work "Collected works of Sankara". The one I linked in the answer is a compilation of all the volumes. If you are accepting this answer. Click on ✔️ below the vote count. Nov 22 '19 at 18:26

There are 108 Upanishads. See question here - Available sources for the 108 Upanishads?

I assume you are referring to the Nrisimhatapini Upanishad. Adi Shankara wrote commentaries on 10 Upanishads (possibly 11). Swami Nikhilananda writes in his 4 volume translation of the major Upanishads (The Upanishads: A New Translation, V1, General Introduction, p 9):

Sankaracharya wrote his celebrated commentaries on the Isa, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Aitareya, Taittiriya, Chhandogya, Brihadaranyaka, and possibly also the Svetasvatara Upanishad. These are regarded as the major works.

I've never seen a reference to a commentary by Adi Sankara on the Nrisimhatapini.

  • Thank you Swami Vishwananda. Yes Nrisimhatapani upanishad... different way to spell that in English I guess. Even I have not seen Sri Sankara Bhashyam for this Upanisad. But I have heard a person claim it exists. So wanted to check if others are aware of any source. Thank you for the response again.
    – Vidyarthi
    Nov 18 '19 at 6:07
  • "I have never seen a reference" is a personal experience. It can be a comment, but it cannot be an answer.
    – user16581
    Nov 18 '19 at 7:54
  • @Lazy Lubber, In my reading Swami Vishwananda provided his answer by pointing to the source of Sankara Bhashyams. In this context, "I have never seen a reference" means "no, not with what I have seen" (the answer "no" is implied there). He also offered sources to back it up. I guess style and expressions differ from person to person, so I got his answer. From SarvaBhouma's response above, it there seems to be a bhashyam attributed to Sri Adi Sankara, even though that is in dispute. I accept both well intended answers, though SarvaBouma's answer gives me something to examine further.
    – Vidyarthi
    Nov 25 '19 at 23:15

Just wanted to post another answer here, which is kind of answering my own question. Sri Anandashrama also published a BHAshyam for Sri Nrsimha Purva Tapinya Upanisad attributing it to Sri Adi Sankaracharya.


Yes, Adi Shankara bhagawath padha has written bhashya on Shvetashwatara upanishad and he has quoted almost entire upanishad in various parts of his Brahma sutra bhashya.

Adi Shankara bhagawath padha didn't write any bhashya on Narasimha tapaniya or other minor non considerable texts. It may be of some later Shankaracharya.

None of the works except prasthana trayi bhashya "Brahma sutra bhashya - Upanishad bhashya and Gita bhashya" of Adi Shankara bhagawath padha can be accepted, because they had no roots before 13th or 14th century, Even Modern day famous Saundarya lahari, Bhaja Govindam, Shivananda lahari, Vishnu sahasranama bhashya or other stotras are not penned by Adi Shankara.

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