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About Adi Shankaracharya

Shri Adishankaracharya with his remarkable reinterpretations on Hindu scriptures of Upanishads or Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduismhas a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism when chaos, superstition and bigotry as in larger extent. He advocated the greatness of the Vedas, and was the most famous Advaita philosopher who restored the Vedic dharma and Advaita Veda to its pristine glory and purity.
 
Shri Adi Shankaracharya, known as Bhagavatpada Acharya (the guru at the feet of Lord), apart from refurbishing the scriptures, cleansed the Vedic religious practices of ritualistic excesses and ushered in the core teaching of Vedanta, which is Advaita or non-dualism for the mankind. Shankara restructured various forms of desultory religious practices into acceptable norms and stressed on the ways of worship as laid down in the Vedas.
 
 
Early Life
 
Shankara was born in a small town to Brahmin The conventional Hindu caste system divided society into four sects and Brahmin was known as the learned class who gained the knowledge of sacred texts written on Hinduismfamily circa in 788 AD in the village Kalaadi, on the banks of the river Purna in the southern coastal state of Kerala. His parents, Sivaguru and Aryamba had been childless for a long time and after a long pause, they were blessed with the prodigious child, who is believed to be god-sent, as visualised by Aryamba. She dreamt of Lord ShivaShiva
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who blessed her with his incarnation in her womb and he proved to be a prodigy as he could retain everything he studied or read. He was defined as an ‘Eka-Sruti-Dara’.He read the Vedas and Vedangas extensively and recited the prose’s fluently. He was a storehouse of philosophical knowledge.
 
 
Philosophy
 
Shankara spread the ethics of Advaita Vedanta, the supreme philosophy of monism to the four corners of India with his ‘digvijaya’. The quintessence of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism) is to reiterate the truth of reality of one’s essential divine identity and to reject one’s thought of being a finite human being with a name and form subject to earthly changes.
 
The phenomenal world of beings and non-beings is not apart from the Brahmin but ultimately become one with the latter. The crux of the Advainta Vedanta symbolizes that Brahman alone is real and the world is an illusion. Through intense practise of concept of Advaita, ego and ideas can be removed from the duality of a man.
 
 
Shankaracharya seminal work
 
The most important of Shankaracharya's works are his commentaries on the Brahmasutras - Brahmasutrabhashya - considered the core of Shankara's perspective on Advaita, and Bhaja Govindam written in praise of Govinda or Lord KrishnaKrishna
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- a Sanskrit devotional poem that forms the center of the Bhakti It refers to devotion and the love one feels for God. People indulge in Bhakti to gain spirituality or salvationmovement and also epitomizes his Advaita Vedanta philosophy.
 
 
Monastic Centers
 
Shankaracharya had established four mutts at four different monastic centres at four corners of India. He put his four main disciples to head them and serve the spiritual needs of the ascetic community within the Vedantic tradition. He classified the wandering mendicants into 10 main groups to consolidate their spiritual strength. 
 
 
Death 
 
It is believed that Shankaracharya took heavenly abode at the age of 32 years at Kedarnath. But, he is still remembered and holds a pious place in the hearts of Hindus for his trememndous achievement in philosophy and related subjects.
 
 

 
 

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