== Contents ==
*First chapter (Samanvaya: harmony): explains that all the Vedānta texts talk of [[Brahman]], the ultimate reality, which is the goal of life. The very first sūtra offers an indication into the nature of the subject matter. VS 1.1.1 athāto brahma jijñāsā - Now: therefore the inquiry (into the real nature) of Brahman.
*Second chapter (Avirodha: non-conflict): discusses and refutes the possible objections to Vedānta philosophy.
*Third chapter (Sādhana: the means): describes the process by which ultimate emancipation can be achieved.
*Fourth chapter (Phala: the fruit): talks of the state that is achieved in final emancipation.
== Commentaries ==
Many commentaries have been written on this text, the earliest extant one being the one by Sri [[Adi Shankara]]. His commentary set forth the [[nondualism|non-dualistic]] ([[Advaita]]) interpretation of the Vedānta, and was commented upon by and [[Padmapāda]]. These sub-commentaries, in turn, inspired other derivative texts in the Advaita school.
[[Ramanuja]] also wrote a commentary on the Brahma sutra, called [[Sri Bhasya]], which lays the foundations of the [[Vishishtadvaita]] tradition. In this, he firmly refutes the Advaita view as proposed by Adi Shankara in his commentary.