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It is a well-known fact that Shankara rejected both Vaishnava and Shaivite Agamas. However, I got to know from a friend that the philosophy of Bhairava Agamas were similar to Shankara's Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Did Shankara reject all Shaivite Agamas including the Bhairava ones?

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    Do you only want the views of Adi Shankaracharya or the views of Advaita Acharyas in general? Kashmiri Shaivism, which is based on the Bhairava Tantras, is discussed as a rival school in Vidyaranya's Sarva Darshana Sangraha. – Keshav Srinivasan Dec 9 '17 at 15:31
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Only Shankara's views. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Dec 9 '17 at 15:35
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    @RakeshJoshi I am not sure. That's why I am asking. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Dec 10 '17 at 17:54
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    It seems he was much unaware of Bhairavhood. Remember, KS was very secret until Islamic invasion of Kashmir. Kashmiri AchAryas felt the need of writing just to preserve teachings against upcoming Islamic fundamentalism. – Mr. Sigma. Dec 11 '17 at 17:27
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I am not so sure if he fully rejected Vaishnava agamas. My understanding is he accepted certain parts. – Ambi Dec 15 '18 at 1:48
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Yes, Adi Shankaracharya was opposed to the Bhairava Tantras. Adi Shankaracharya sent his shishyas to defeat the followers of the Bhairava Tantras, as described in this excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya:

Now Acharya Shankara, along with the king Sudhanva and a large number of disciples, started on a Dig-vijaya - a missionary tour for the propagation of the Advaita doctrine by controverting all philosophies opposed to it.... Next, blessing the people of Andhra country and worshiping Lord Venkatanatha, he reached the land of Vidarbha. He was given a cordial reception by the king of that place. There, Padmapada and other disciples engaged themselves in controverting the perverse doctrines of the Bhairavas.

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