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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Siddhantabindu, SiddhAntabindu, Siddhaantabindu

For the benefit of ordinary sādhakas,[1] Śaṅkara[2] composed a few elementary treatises known as prakaraṇas which describe succinctly the essence of his Advaita Vedānta. One such work which appears more like a stotra or a devotional hymn is the Daśaśloki. It comprises of ten verses.

Madhusudana Sarasvatī,[3] a well-known writer of Advaita philosophy, has written a fairly long commentary on Daśaśloki known as the Siddhāntabindu. Apart from countering the arguments of other schools of philosophy, this work also tries to elucidate and synchronize the various views within the Advaita philosophy itself. It has four commentaries.


  1. Sādhakas means seekers of spiritual wisdom.
  2. He lived in A. D. 788-820.
  3. He lived in A. D. 1490- 1580.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore