There are several English translations of the Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankara, by Swamis speaking English. I've never found a (complete) French translation.

Question: Is there a French translation of the Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankara?

Remark: Perhaps there is such a translation by a Swami native close to Pondicherry.


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I found the book "Le Vedanta : etude sur les Brahma-sutras et leurs cinq commentaires", which is a book with five commenatries on the Brahma Sutras, but I'm not sure whether it includes Adi Shankaracharya's commentary or not. You may also be interested this French translation of the Brahma Sutra itself.

  • Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, your first reference is a thesis dissertation of 146 pages, and so it can't contain a complete translation (because an English translation has 900 pages). About your second reference, there is a mistake, it's in Spanish, not in French (see the back cover). Jul 5, 2014 at 18:50
  • @SébastienPalcoux Could it be that they just put the wrong cover photo? Jul 5, 2014 at 20:46
  • In fact, I'm really looking for such a French translation and unfortunately this book is definitively in Spanish: see this comment. Jul 5, 2014 at 21:32
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    @SébastienPalcoux Apparently Olivier Lacombe wrote a translation of Ramanujacharya's commentary on the Brahma Sutras in 1938: books.google.com/… (Ramanujacharya was a topic of some fascination in Europe at some point because people mistakenly believed he drew inspiration from Jesus and Christianity.) I'm not sure if it's out of print though. Feb 15, 2015 at 16:06
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    @SébastienPalcoux It's available in a library in Paris: worldcat.org/title/doctrine-morale-et-metaphysique-de-ramanuja/… And you can also buy it: abebooks.com/servlet/… Feb 17, 2015 at 15:21

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