By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Prakasatman, PrakAZAtman, Prakaashaatman
Prakāśātman lived in A. D. 1200. He was also known as Prakāśānubhava, a disciple of Ananyānubhava. Prakāśātman has made his name immortal by writing a voluminous commentary called Pañcapādikā-vivaraṇa on the Pañcapādikā of Padmapāda, a direct disciple of Śaṅkara. The work deals with only the first four sutras of the Brahmasutras, Śankara’s bhāsya on it and Padmapāda’s gloss on Śaṅkara’s bhāṣya. This famous work has given rise to a new school of Advaita, known as the ‘Vivaraṇaprasthāna’.
He has written a gloss on this, known as Pañcapādikā-vivarana, further amplifying Padmapāda’s views. This has developed into a separate and special school of Advaita Vedānta called the Vivaraṇaprasthāna. Padmapāda was a worshiper of the Narasiṅha aspect of Lord Visṇu and had once saved the life of his guru from the hands of the Kāpālikas.
- He lived in A. D. 788-820.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore