Abstract: Life is a fascinating field of study. According to Indian spiritual tradition life (prāṇa) is a link between matter and consciousness. Ācārya Śaṃkara, even being propounder of Advaita Vedānta, expounded the biological process of human reproduction and evolution of embryo in his renowned treatise Prapañcasāra. Arguably the observation of Śaṃkara has striking similarity with the conclusions of biological sciences.
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This paper was first published in Anvīkṣā, Research Journal of the Department of Sanskrit, Vol. XXXVII, March 2016. ISSN-0587-1646.
About Author – Is Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.