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Upadesasahasri (Upadeśasāhasri, English: A thousand (verses of) teachings)[1] is a work (Prakaraṇa grantha) of Adi Shankara.[2][3] This work is considered as Shankara's most important non-commentarial work.[4]


Upadesasahasri is divided into two parts – one is verse and another is prose. There are nineteen chapters (prakarana) in the verse (or Metrical Part (Padyabandha). The manuscript of this work indicates that the two parts (prose and verse) were regarded as independent works and studied or commented upon separately. Manuscript also suggests the possibility that any single chapter could be studied differently – apart from the rest. This means one could/can start reading this work anywhere.[1]


  1. ^ a b Śaṅkarācārya; Sengaku Mayeda (1979). A Thousand Teachings: The Upadeśasāhasrī of Śaṅkara. SUNY Press. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-0-7914-0944-2. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Knut A. Jacobsen (1 January 2008). Theory and Practice of Yoga : 'Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-81-208-3232-9. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ N. V. Isaeva (1993). Shankara and Indian Philosophy. SUNY Press. pp. 220–. ISBN 978-0-7914-1281-7. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  4. ^ The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Routledge. pp. 98–. ISBN 978-1-134-18001-1. Retrieved 28 June 2012.