Adi Sankaracarya's: Prasnottara Ratna Malika Volume - 1)
Praśnottara Ratna Mālikā is one of the most profound works of Jagadguru Ādi Śaṅkarācārya. In merely sixty-seven verses, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya clarifies all the doubts and curiosity of a seeker who has taken his first step on to the path of realizing the ultimate truth. In the first volume of Praśnottara Ratna Mālikā, the first set of twenty-two questions and answers have been translated and commented upon, keeping the present times as a reference point. The book is beneficial for a layman, a scholar or someone who is looking for varied answers in the scheme of cosmos. The aim of this text is to assist a being in crossing over the saṃsāra by following the path of dharma (righteousness). Despite putting our best foot forward in translating and commenting upon this glorious piece of work, we fell short of matching up to the standards of Jagadguru Ādi Śaṅkarācārya. We will be elated if our feeble attempt is able to bring about a change in even a single person's life and outlook. This work can indeed be a source of realization and can be an eye opener to the current evils of the society from rapes, murders, lack of ethics to environmental hazard, animal cruelty and global warming. Praśnottara Ratna Mālikā is indeed a jewel that shines bright in order to end the darkness of our ignorance. Its relevance and value is eternal.