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From Saundarya Lahiri written by Adi Shankar I found following verse -

kvaṇatkāñcī-dāmā kari kalabha kumbha-stananatā
parikṣīṇā madhye pariṇata śaraccandra-vadanā |
dhanurbāṇān pāśaṃ sṛṇimapi dadhānā karatalaiḥ
purastā dāstāṃ naḥ puramathitu rāho-puruṣikā || 7 ||

Let the Divine Mother dwell intimately in our hearts …with her tinkling fillet girdle, Her full bosom - akin to the frontal globes of a young elephant - making her bend forward (reaching us), Her lean waist enhancing her beauty, Her face akin to the full autumnal moon. She sports in her palms a bow and arrow, a noose and a goad. I revere this Divine Mother who is the ‘I’ consciousness in the Lord, Parama Siva.

Now the highlighted sentence is Kashmiri Shaiva concept where Lord Shiva (Bhairava) is existence or consciousness & the agency through which the consciousness is aware of its consciousness is Shakti (VijnAna). And this is clearly signifying an activity of Shiva (awareness of own consciousness) which Advaita Vedanta rejects as AV doesn't believe in activity in Brahman. In fact, I am not aware if anywhere Adi Shankaracharya ever mentioned reflexive consciousness (That the agency by which Brahman is consciousness of itself).

So here is my set of questions related to above details.

  1. Did Adi Shankaracharya mention about the reflexive consciousness in its any other work. i.e, the Brahman's consciousness/awareness of being consciousness.
  2. Do we find similar deviation in his later works? Because in ManishApanchakam also, he is ready to accept ChAndAla as his guru unlike in Brahmasutras where he asked to pour liquid lead in Shudras ear's on hearing Vedas. So, Did Adi ShankarAcharya's philosophy was somewhat changed in the last years of his life i.e, after writing commentary on Brahma Sutras? Please share any such Hindu research works or thoughts if available.
  • This can be explained through Saguna Brahman or from Vyavaharika level. – The Destroyer Nov 26 '17 at 15:56
  • @TheDestroyer But it seems he is taking Shiva as Brahman here not Ishwar. – Mr. Sigma. Nov 26 '17 at 16:34
  • Because otherwise, even mine "I" is also Shakti – Mr. Sigma. Nov 26 '17 at 16:34
  • Here Divine Mother is "I" or Atma of Parama Shiva. So, this is about Iswara (Saguna Brahman) according to Shankara. – The Destroyer Nov 26 '17 at 16:39
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    Rohit- It should be "after writing commentary on Brahma Sutras". – Rickross Nov 26 '17 at 16:49

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