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Panchadashi – Tattva-viveka-prakarana

Panchadashi, the renowned composition of Sri Bharati Tirtha and Swami Vidyaranya, is a compendium of 15 foundational treatises or prakarana-granthas. This epic work is a singular treatise on the entire philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. By providing the complete grasp of the essentials of Vedanta, Panchadashi amply serves to dispel the ignorance of the Self.

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Panchadashi, the renowned composition of Sri Bharati Tirtha and Swami Vidyaranya, is a compendium of 15 foundational treatises or prakarana-granthas. This epic work is a singular treatise on the entire philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. By providing the complete grasp of the essentials of Vedanta, Panchadashi amply serves to dispel the ignorance of the Self.

In the 1st chapter, titled ‘Tattvaviveka-prakarana’, the author expounds the nature of the ultimate Reality realising which a seeker attains Liberation from bondage.

A total of 39 video sessions by Swami Advayananda divided into 11 lessons are made available to the registered participants.

The 1st chapter of Panchadashi starts methodologically with the explanation of an individual's true Self to be sat-cit-ananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss). By elucidating the three states of awareness and the Self as their witness, it proceeds to systematically prove through logic and experience the Reality of the Self as being different from these three states.

The text thereafter explains the nature of the world that we perceive, the process of its creation and the ultimate Reality behind the world of names and forms. It then goes on to establish the identity of the ultimate Reality, the substratum of the world, and our own Self through the famous mahavakya “tat tvam asi.”

The chapter concludes with an explanation of the process of sravana, manana and nididhyasana through which we can realise the Self.

What will I learn?

  • My true nature
  • The mystery of creation and how it comes into being
  • The Self being different from the five sheaths (koshas)
  • My relationship with the world
  • The sadhana-process for discovering my true nature

Why should I do this Course?

  • To discover the source of happiness
  • The course has something for everyone:
    • Beginners will understand the basic concepts of Vedanta
    • More advanced students can fortify their knowledge of the fundamentals of Vedanta which will serve as a spring-board for the advanced prakarana granthas and the Upanishads.
  • The text asks and answers the basic questions of existence, like the nature of the individual, the world and God and the relationship between them. Self-knowledge is dealt with in totality in this text. Can there be anything more fascinating than the study of oneself?


  • A keen desire to know the Truth about oneself and this world through enquiry
  • Some basic knowledge of Vedanta and Sanskrit can help, but is not a must
  • Good internet connection

Course Details and Duration

  • The course comprises 11 lessons covering 44 audio/video sessions and 10 objective type questionnaires.
  • The recommended duration for completion of the Panchadashi-Tattva-viveka-prakarana course is 6 months. The suggested maximum duration is 10 months.

Course Access, Query Resolution Process, Grading and Certification

  • Students can access the course following the User Guideline document that is also sent to registered students to their email address.
  • Students have to attempt the lessons sequentially. For each lesson the student should watch the audio or video file and then attempt the questionnaire.
  • All questionnaires are objective based and on completion of each Lesson/ questionnaire the marks and grade for that lesson will be displayed to the student on the dashboard.
  • Students can download the answer key on completion of a questionnaire.
  • In case of queries or doubts on the subject matter students are encouraged to use the discussion forum. Details of the same will be sent to students on registration. A detailed query resolution process guideline will also be provided.
  • The Course is deemed complete on completion of all lessons /questionnaires, and a final grade will be awarded.
  • Grading system for certification.
    • 80% and above 'O' Grade
    • 60% and above 'A+' Grade
    • 50% and above 'A' Grade
    • Below 50% 'B' Grade
  • Those who successfully complete the course will be given a ‘Course Completion Certificate’ of merit signed by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide. The digital copy of the same will be sent to your registered email ID.

How do I purchase the text?

Students are recommended to purchase a copy of Panchadashi – Chapter 1 published by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT).

To purchase a copy of Panchadashi – Chapter 1:

  1. Panchadashi – Chapter 1 (English)
  2. Panchadashi – Chapter 1 (Hindi)
  3. Or
  4. Contact: Sri M. Jayaraman Nair

    In-charge, Chinmaya Vani, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF)
    Ph: +91 92077 11138 / WhatsApp: 9207398313 / Email id: cifpublications@chinfo.org

A soft copy of the verses will also be made available to all the registered students on the dashboard which can be referred in case of non-availability of the book.

Course Curriculum

Panchadashi Chapter 1 (Tattvaviveka-Prakarana) comprises 11 lessons, which are further divided into 4 sections.

Section 1: Introduction and Invocation

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Panchadashi and Swami Vidyaranya
  • Lesson 2: Mangalacarana

Section 2: The Individual

  • Lesson 3: Atman is Sat
  • Lesson 4: Atman is Cit
  • Lesson 5: Atman is Ananda

Section 3: The World

  • Lesson 6: Adhyaropa (Analysis of Maya and Avidya)
  • Lesson 7: Adhyaropa (Creation Explained)
  • Lesson 8: Effect of Adhyaropa and Role of Guru
  • Lesson 9: Panchakosha Analysis

Section 4: The identity between the individual and the world and the processes for discovering that identity

  • Lesson 10: ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ Explained
  • Lesson 11: Sadhana in Vedanta

Click the links below to read the articles by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda published in Tapovan Prasad on:

Course Contributors

Arvind Kannan

Sumedha Kulkarni

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