Today is Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya. If there was no Adi Shankracharya, Sanatan Hindu Vedic Dharma would have perished.
Life of Adi Shankracharya:
Birth: Kalladi, Kerala, India
Date of Birth: 788 CE
Became Sanyasi; at the age of 12
Lord Adi Shankaracharya who founded and established the Four Maths (peaks/monastery):
All remain as four powerful pillars of Hinduism and Divided Hindu monks into ten categories.
In a short life span of 32 years, Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya achieved more than most people can in several lifetimes. May the life and teachings of Adi Sankaracharya inspire us to do our Dharma.
Salutations to To the Hindu Reviver, The Poet, The Philosopher, The Visionary, The Strategist, The Advaitin & The Enlightened.
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya,
Incarnation of Lord Shiva,
founder of Advaita Vedanta and one of the greatest spiritual masters of India.
Adi Shankara, who causes welfare to the universe, who is the repository of the Divine Knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads, and who is the embodiment of mercy.
Adi Shankaracharya brought India back to Sanatan Dharma simply by beating Buddhist monks in religious debates.
Adi Shankara revived Advaita Vedanta, composed the main stotras used today for honoring the Hindu Devatas (Deities), established four maths (peaks/monastery) at the corners of India, renovated the chardham in the Himalayas, honored Shakti.
Though born in Kerala embraced all India.
The more we learn to adore Shri Adi Shankaracharya, not as a divine incarnation but as a sincere man inspired to serve the country and reconquer the nation from its slavery to alien ideologies, the more we shall successfully pay our tribute to our own culture.
I wonder how we can pay our debt to Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankracharya, it’s impossible. He lived for just 32 years but prepared whole Hindu civilization for next 1000 years of invasions & plunder. If one must choose a ‘father of the nation’, who else deserves it more than Shankara?
Salutations to Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya, the greatest benefactor of Universe by his teachings of Advaita Vedanta that emphasizes the oneness of this world. One needs to be afraid when something else does exist other than him. When none is there beyond himself, where does fear come from?
He just didn’t stop discussing his lofty ideals of Advaita philosophy with scholars. His mission was to revive Sanatana dharma at all levels. His advaitic view of the society helped him stoop to the level of children & innocent & made stotras & other philosophical works to help them realize truth
At social level, he brought in kind of unity among practitioners of Sanatana Dharma & integrated modes of worship of Gods under 6 branches & getting rid of all violent practices found in our religion.
In all the four corners of India with having Kanchi as the middle of entire universe, he established spiritual centres & appointed ambassadors of Sanatana dharma to move around society & help people realize their purpose of life by offering updesa (preachings) on spiritual matters.
Even in temples
The cultural centres of india, he brought in positive changes by appointing officiating priests from other regions in several important temples like Rameswaram, Badari, Kathmandu, Tiruchendur, Gokarnam, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Srirangam, Chidambaram, Tirupathy, puri, dwaraka etc.
From Kalady’s sweet streams to Kashmir’s snowy peaks; from Dwarkadhish’s sandy shores to distant Kamakhya, Jagadguru, you are our foremost teacher, guiding light & unifier. May we be your worthy students.
Shankara, the Great Yogi:
Shankaracharya, or Shankara the teacher, is one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of India. Shankara has often been called the greatest philosopher of India, if not of all time and of the entire world. His teaching is highly rational, clear and concise, as well deeply mystical, unfolding all the mysteries of Self, God, the universe, the Absolute and immortality. Most of what today is called Advaita (non-dualistic) Vedanta reflects the mark of his insights. He is the main classical teacher of the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
Shankara’s greatness has been hailed by such monumental modern gurus of India as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Ramana Maharshi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Paramahansa Yogananda, to name a few. In fact, most of what Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta taught as Advaita is pure Shankara Advaita. Perhaps more notably, most of the original Yoga that came to the West starting with Vivekananda was styled “Yoga-Vedanta,” reflecting Shankara’s influence, and aimed at Self-realization through meditation, not simply at skill in asana practice. Indeed Shankara has been a much more dominant figure than Patanjali in for these great Yoga-Vedanta masters and for India as a whole historically. He has been regarded as a veritable manifestation of Lord Shiva, the king of the Yogis himself, evidenced by his name Shankara, which is one of the main names for Shiva as well.
Travelled and Preached across:
Kollur, Trivandrum, Mysore, Srisailam, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanakdurga (Vijayawada), Puri, Gaya, Dantewada, Kamakyadevi, Manasarovara, Muktinath, Pasupatinath (Nepal), Alampur, Kolhapur, Triyambkeshwar, Ujjain, Ayodhya, Dwarka, Somnath, Prayag, Bhimashankar, Mathura, Badri, Kedar, Kanchi, Jwala, Ambaji, Hinglaj Dev (Balochistan). etc
At the age of 32 Jagadguru took Samadhi in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India.