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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Prakasatman, PrakAZAtman, Prakaashaatman

Prakāśātman (A. D. 1200) 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 Vivaranaprasthāna.

Padmapāda was a worshipper of the Narasimha aspect of Lord Visṇu and had once saved the life of his guru from the hands of the Kāpālikas.



  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore


Prakāśātman (A. D. 1200) Also known as Prakāśānubhava, a disciple of Ananyānubhava, Prakāśātman has made his name immortal by writing a voluminous commentary called Pañca- pādikā-vivarana on the Pañcapādikā of Padmapāda, a direct disciple of Śaṅkara (A. D. 788-820). The work deals with only the first four sutras of the Brahmasutras, Sankara’s bhāsya on it and Padmapāda’s gloss on Saṅkara’s bhāṣya. This famous work has given rise to a new school of Advaita, known as the ‘Vivaraṇaprasthāna’. See also ADVAITA VEDĀNTA DARŚANA.