The approach

The main page outlined the basic order of traditional study. Here are a few more details.

1. Sanskrit

A good working knowledge of Sanskrit and it’s grammar is necessary. There are many different approaches to this – both traditional and modern. Some study of the mahakavyas, and grammatical texts such as the laghu siddhanta kaumudi is necessary.

2. Vedanta basics

With a basic grasp of Sanskrit, study the tattva bodha and a few prakarana granthas.

3. Shastra

Before the prasthana traya, study the essentials of tarka, mimamsa and vedanta in a structured way.

  1. Tarka – Study tarka sangraha with the padakritya, and then again with the nyaya bodhini
  2. Mimamsa – Study the artha sangraha and/or the mimamsa nyaya prakasha
  3. Vedanta (pramana) – Study the vedanta paribhasha
  4. Vedanta (prameya) – Study the siddhanta lesha sangraha

4. Prasthana Traya etc

Now the main study of the prasthāna traya with bhāṣhya begins, optionally with anandagiri’s tika. And this is followed by a study of the advanced vada granthas.


This traditional structured approach has continued unbroken for many centuries. Many video class recordings are now available online. Some of these are given below:

  1. video classes by Sw. Brahmanand Giri, in Hindi
    tattva bodha, tarka sangraha (padakritya, nyaya bodhini), artha sangraha, gita bhashya
  2. video classes by Sw. Vijayananda Puri, in Hindi
    vedanta paribhasha, upanishad bhashyas (ongoing), prakarana granthas (ongoing)
  3. video classes of the Sadhana Sadan Ashram, in Hindi
    upanishad bhashyas (isha, kena, katha, aitareya, taittiriya), brahma sutra bhashya (ongoing)
  4. video classes of the Prempuri Ashram, in Hindi ongoning classes on various texts including prasthana traya and prakarana granthas
  5. video classes of the Siddhanta Lesa Sangraha by Sri Kutumba Shastry, in Sanskrit

Note: A detailed list of classes available on youtube can be found here