Advaita Sharada Project
Over a century ago, the 33rd Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji led the first ever compilation of the complete works of Sri Adi Shankaracharya -- Sri Shaankara Granthavali. In keeping with this tradition and sensitive to our technology age, the presiding Shankaracharya of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji is blessing and guiding the Advaita Sharada Project.
The goal of the Advaita Sharada project is to make available our ancient Shastric texts (in particular Vedantic texts) for access via the Internet and other computer-based devices like tablets and smartphones. Leveraging audio, video, commentaries, sub-commentaries, notes, tags and hyperlinks, we hope to provide a platform for in-depth research and additional learning for seekers, scholars and students. We also plan to create a learning platform to introduce the Upanishadic philosophy of Advaita for beginners and early aspirants.
Invoking the blessings of Goddess Sharada (the presiding deity of Sringeri Sharada Peetham) and reflecting the Upanishadic teachings as expounded by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the project has been named "Advaita Sharada".
The first offering of Advaita Sharada is a text searchable, extensively hyperlinked Internet edition of the Sri Shaankara Granthavali, published by the Vani Vilasa Press, Srirangam. This is a result of a collaborative effort between Sri Shankara Advaita Research Centre, Sringeri, and Sriranga Digital Software Technologies, Srirangapatna. The source text in Unicode was provided by The Sringeri Math at Srirangam; it is scrutinised and proofread at the Sri Shankara Advaita Research Centre, Sringeri. The XML markup scheme and the technology framework for the Internet edition was developed by Sriranga Digital Software Technologies, Srirangapatna. This Internet edition was released on Shankara Jayanti - the Vaishakha Shukla Panchami day of the Jaya Samvatsara - 4th May 2014 by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji
In forthcoming releases, we will introduce multimedia, commentaries, sub-commentaries and tags for these Bhasyas. We invite you to register and view this first release.
Under the direct guidance of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, the Advaita Sharada project is being executed by Sri Shankara Advaita Shodha Kendram, Narasimha Vanam, Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham Sringeri.
With the active advisory role of Sri V.R. Gowrishankar, the CEO and Administrator of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, numerous individuals have been involved in this project.
Sriranga Digital Software Technologies Private Limited, headed by C S Yogananda (Professor and Head, Dept. of Mathematics, S J College of Engineering, Mysore) and Sri Arjun Kashyap, has been responsible for Technology and Application Infrastructure
Keying-in assistance for Source Digitization has been done by Sringeri Shankara Math, Srirangam.
We would like to thank Sri V.T. Sampath Kumaran, who assisted in conceptualizing and mentoring this project in its formative years. We are also grateful to the many people who have assisted with sponsorships, connections and advice.
We welcome your feedback describing your experience with the present release. We are also very happy to receive your suggestions for improvement and feature additions in future releases.