One of the famous sayings of Nigamananda Paramahansa was:

''Shonkoracharyar moth Choitonyor poth''

Which roughly translates as ''Shankaracharya's teachings are Chaitanya's path''.

However, the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu seem to differ to a great extent. What is the logic and explanation behind this saying of Nigamananda Paramahansa? Did Nigamananda himself elaborate on this saying?

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Technically he didn't mean Shankaracharya's teachings are Chaitanya's path. Its the error in 'wise translation'. He meant that ideally one should follow these 2 things for a full and complete spiritual progression. Knowledge is nothing without Bhakti. One should have the knowledge of Shankara and the Bhakti of Chaitanya. That's what he meant.

  • You could have just said this to me in the chat that day. Afterall you were the one who coined this saying to me.
    – user9969
    Oct 9, 2017 at 15:07
  • I even explained to you why he said that. You still asked here, so I answered the same thing
    – user9072
    Oct 9, 2017 at 15:23

I am answering this as as the previous answerdoes not show any reference.

Narayani Devi, one very dear disciple of Paramahansa Nigamananda writes in her 'Sadguru and Guruvaad',Sarasvata Math,(page 46-47)

The Sarasvata Math of Nigamananda is not a math of the Sahankara-panthis. He spoke of a perfect balance of Knowledge and Devotion. Yajnabalka says in Vrihadaranyaka: Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya. Again the same rishi announces in the Ishopanishad : Ishavasyam idam sarvam". Similarly Nigamananda accepted both Netivada and Itivaada.The highest knowledge is obtained when the knowledge of the Gita is mixed with the Love of the Bhagavatam.

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