MANDUKYA UPANISHAD : Chapter-1. "AGAMA PRAKARANA" ( The Scriptural Treatise ) INTRODUCTION-1.
( The Scriptural Treatise )
This opening chapter of the Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada's Karika is called "the Ssriptural Treatise" because it contains the Upanishad portion also apart from the metrical verses in which the gloss has been written.
I had already explained that from the standpoint of Rrofessor Deussen the entire text-book is but Gaudapada's own.
Now, Dr. Waaleser, in his Der Altere Vedanta, tries to prove that Gaudapadaiya Karika is the name of a book in four chapters and not indicative of the name of the author.
According to him, the School of Vedanta prevalent at that time in Gauda-Desa ( in North Bengal ) had certain theories which were codified into these four chapters and hence are called together under one volume as Gaudapadiya Karika.
In short, it is "a case of a book evolving an author and not an author evolving a book."\
To be continued .....