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Shankara's Gita Bhasya says that the Self transmigrates. Is this true?

Advaitins mostly believe that the Self doesn't transmigrate and that it's the subtle body (known as jiva/jivatma) that actually does. But then in Shankara's Gita bhasya it is mentioned that the self ...
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Did Shankaracharya establish the “shanmatha” and the “panchayatana puja” systems?

There is a general opinion that Sripad Adi Sankaracharya established the shanmatha system and also insituted the worship form of panchayatana. Yet there seems to be lot of disagreements even among the ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret this verse from Padma Purana which supports pancopasana of Adi Sankara?

I found the following verse in Padma Purana, Uttara-Khanda in Karttika Mahatmya wherein Lord Krishna speaks to Satyabhama: saivah sauras ca ganesa vaishnavah sakti-pujakah | mam eva ...
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What are Bhujanga stotrams?

Bhujanga means a snake, or one that has shoulders as locomotive limb. There are many Bhujanga stotrams, on Shiva, Vishnu etc, on almost all deities. What is the definition of a Bhujanga stotram, or ...
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Are there any references to Niralambopanishat and SukaRahasyopanishat prior to Adi Shankaracharya?

Among Vedantins; Advait is a widely followed philosophy. The famous quote of Shree Adi Shankaracharya goes: Brahma Satya, Jagat Mithya. Now many Advaitins have mentioned that the verse was not ...
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How can Brahman possibly be devoid of qualities?

If Brahman and Prakriti are not separate, but two sides of the same coin ... i.e. if Brahman 'IS' Prakriti, then that makes Brahman full of qualities. How can it possibly be devoid of attributes when ...
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What is the Vishishtadvaitin equivalent to “Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya Jeevo Brahmaiva Naparah”?

The philosophy of Advaita Vedanta was summed up by Adi-Shankara in a single verse: Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya, Jivo Brahmaiva Naparah English Translation: Brahman is the only Truth, the world ...
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How does Dhyaneshwar's nondualism differ from Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy?

It is often said Adi Shankaracharya and Dhyaneshwar advocated the same philosophy: Advaita Vedanta. However, after some research, I found out that there are some sharp contrasting differences in the ...
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Where does Adi Shankaracharya explain the meanings of “Shruti” and “Smriti”?

I came across this quote of Shankaracharya: Shankarāchārya says, "Shruti is a means of direct perception [in the sphere of transcendent knowledge], since, in order to be an authority it is ...
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In which book the story of Adi Shankara entering the king's body is mentioned first?

When Adi Shankara defeated Mandana Mishra, his wife Ubhaya Bharati said he also have to defeat her in debate. In order to turn the debate towards her, she started asking about Kama Shastra. But as a ...
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What is the source for the famous conversation between Adi Shankara and Chandala

Where is the conversation between Adi Shankaracharya and Chandala mentioned? I want the name of the scripture or whatever the source was. Specifics : The specific conversation I am talking about ...
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What are the Scriptural Recitals During Shukravara Chandramaulishwara Puja?

What are Parayanams(Scriptural Recitals) of Chandramaulishwara Puja held every Friday at Shringeri Sharada Peetham? Apart from Rudra Prashna and Durga Suktam?
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Does this parable of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa have a scriptural basis?

http://www.ramakrishnamath.in/gospel/ SANKARACHARYA AND HIS FOOLISH DISCIPLE THE great Sankaracharya had a foolish disciple who used to imitate his Master in all matters. Sankara ...
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Sankaracharya installed sri chakra in which temples?

Looking for list and description of temples where Sankaracharya installed Sri Chakra.
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Why did Aadi Shankaracharya accept the Sanyasashram in his childhood?

Birth-24 years: Brahmcharyashram 24-48 years: Grihasthashram 48-72 years: Vanprashthashram 72- Till death: Sanyasashram Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashrama_(stage) I have also read in ...
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Is Kaal Bhairava Ashtakam inauthentic work of Adi Shankar?

Here a user claiming Kalbhairava Ashtakam is an inauthentic work of Adi Shankaracharya. As for obvious reasons, works of Vaishnavas on Lord Shiva can be considered inauthentic or can be seen with ...
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Is Ramanuja's alleged re-interpretation of “kapyasam” from the Chandogya Upanishad correct?

This story is part of the folklore of Southern Vaishnavites. A user here says in another post Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara's eyes to that of monkey's nates? "...
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What is the view of shankara vedantins on kundalini yoga?

There is a book which deals with spiritual pursuit of one of the pontiff of the sringeri sankara mutt He has discussed his experiences on various subjects including kundalini yoga in this book http:/...
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What are the similarities between Svabhavika Bhedabheda Vedanta and Advaita Vedanta philosophies?

As some of you might be knowing, the renowned Sri Vaishnava acharya, Ramanujacharya before becoming a Sri Vaishnava, was a disciple of a Vaishnavite named Yadava Prakasha who propounded the Svabhavika ...
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What is the life story of Srimati ubhaya bhArati?

In the well known debate of sankara and manDaNa miSra his wife ubhaya bhaarati also took part. What was her background and important life events? I am also specifically looking for verses which ...
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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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Was there a resentment among the shishyas of Adi Shankara about writing a commentary on Shankara Bhashya?

This question is prompted by the movie Adi Shankaracharya movie which is made in Sanskrit. It is a movie about Adi Shankaracharya and depicts different incidents in his life from birth to attaining ...
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Have any Hindu scholars/commentators touched on the topic of relationship between Brahma and saraswati?

Have any scholars commented on the whole lust of prajapati in shatpatha brahmana and other texts describing them as couple, what does shankaracharya and other scholars say?
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Is Atman really Brahman? [duplicate]

Recently I am going through Adhvaita Vedhanta. It is said that brahman present in every one's body as Athman. Athman is nothing but consciousness. May be at the time of Adi Shankara, science is not ...
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Where do ramanuja and shankara quote the sutras from devata kanda sutras?

At which place in their commentaries do they mention about the sutras?
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Why do we need to worship nirguna brahman?

If nirguna brahman is just consciousness, form less etc then why do we need to worship nirguna brahman? Note: This post is just to better understand nirguna brahman but nothing else. Till now I ...
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Why does Adi shankaracharya think that self cannot perceive a relation between itself and avidya?

Adi Shankara's doctrine of Maya is very widely known specially among the Vedantins; according to which all the dualities are perceived by self owing to ignorance(avidya) and that self is one without a ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya really believe in Hari-Hara abheda?

Smarthas i.e. followers of Adi Shankaracharya believe that Sriman Narayana and Shiva are one and the same. They claim that this is what Shankara had taught. The Vishnu Sahasranama mentions the name "...
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In any of the works of Adi Shankaracharya is it mentioned that any deity apart from Sriman Narayana to be supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara?

I have mainly seen Adi Shankaracharya calling Narayana to be the only supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara whereas his followers i.e. Smarthas believe that Adi Shankaracharya saw Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Surya, ...
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Did Krishna interact with any foxes in Vrindavana?

The Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha is a work by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya describing the views of various schools of Indian philosophy which existed in his time. One of the schools he ...
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Did Ramanuja or Shankara mention the sattvic-rajsic-tamasic purana dichotomy in their works?

Padma purana classifies puranas according to gunas, but is this classification mentioned by Shankara or Ramanuja?
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Are Govinda Bhagavatpada and Maharishi Patanjali considered incarnations of Sheshnaga?

According to this site, Adi-Shankaracharya's Guru, Govinda Bhagavatpada, was an incarnation of Sheshnaga: According to the legend, Adi Shankara's Guru was an avatar of Lord Vishnu's Shesha nAga. ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya steal ideas from Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna? [duplicate]

Did Adi Shankaracharya steal ideas from Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, to derive his philosophical treatise? What is the view of the mainstream Hindu scholars and historians concerning this? This ...
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Who are the Chatur Bhaginyadinis mentioned by Adi Shankaracharya?

In chapter 9 verse 25 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says this: yānti dēvavratā dēvān pitṛnyānti pitṛvratāḥ | bhūtāni yānti bhūtējyā yānti madyājinō.pi mām৷৷ Those who worship the demigods ...
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Is Adi Shankaracharya's Kena Upanishad Vakya Bhashya available in English?

Generally the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya has only given one Bhashya or commentary for each of the Mukhya or primary Upanishads. But in the case of the Kena Upanishad, he composed two ...
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What Shakta-like Shaivite sect did Adi Shankaracharya defeat in a debate?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes the beginning of Adi Shankaracharya's tour of India: Now Acharya Shankara, along with ...
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What scriptures describe Shiva whispering Rama's name to those who die in Kashi?

The Rama Bhujanga Stotra is a hymn to Rama composed by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. Here is what he says in verse 3 of the hymn: yadāvarṇayatkarṇamūle'ntakāle śivo rāma rāmeti ...
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Is there any difference between Advaita philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya and the Advaita philosophy of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan?

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, is known to have written a commentary on the Brahma-Sutras. Radhakrishnan's Vedanta philosophy was Advaita. Now my question is that is there ...
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Is there any mention of geeta before sankara bhashya?

Gita is believed to be a chief text of vedanta. It is one of the three fundamental texts of vedanta. It is said that the first mention and commentary of gita is done by sankara which is about 1000 ...
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Did Adi Shankara say that women and low castes cannot attain moksha?

According to a Facebook post, Adi Shankara taught his followers that women and low caste people are exempted from attaining moksha. This is what the bizarre post said: Vedanta holds that this ...
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What is the difference between Shankara's Advaita and the Advaita of Kashmir Shaivism? [duplicate]

I have heard that the Advaita of Shankara and the Advaita of Kashmiri Shaivism aren't the same. What's the difference between the 2 philosophies based on Advaita Vedanta?
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What was Shankara's stand on Bhairava Agamas?

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 ...
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Should one regard deities as Superior and Inferior as per Adi Shankara?

Adi Shankara is the upholder of Advaita (Non-dual) philosophy. There is popular belief among Advaitins that one shouldn't differentiate between Gods as they all are same. But is this thing ...
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What are the different sampradayams (traditions) followed by the mutts established by Adi Shankara?

In his lifetime, Adi Shankara established four amnaya peethams in four directions of India and appointed his chief disciples as the pontiffs. (Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is also established by Adi ...
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Did Adi Shankara say anything about the Ishvara Gita?

Ishvara Gita of the Kurma Purana, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is very similar to the Bhagavad Gita. However, it is not very popular as the Bhagavad Gita. Now my question is that did Adi Shankara ever ...
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Did Adi Shankara's philosophy somewhat change in his last years or after writing Brahma Sutras?

From Saundarya Lahiri written by Adi Shankar I found following verse - kvaṇatkāñcī-dāmā kari kalabha kumbha-stananatā parikṣīṇā madhye pariṇata śaraccandra-vadanā | dhanurbāṇān pāśaṃ ...
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What did Adi ShankarAchArya say about Param Shiva?

Here in Saundarya Lahiri, I found following verse of Adi Shankar O! Mother! The celebrities, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and Indra are functioning as the four legs of your resting cot (the world). Lord ...
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What is the context of Adi Shankara's statement “Woman is the gateway to hell” found in his work Prashnottari?

While reading the article "Bhoga, Moksha and Jivanmukti in Tantra" on Kamakotimandali, i was surprised to know that in one of his works Adi Shankara said "Women are like the gates to hell". I want to ...
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Does maya in Advaita necessarily mean unreal? [duplicate]

According to Advaita Vedanta, Jivatmas are all under maya and the universe too is made of maya. A jeevatma sees Brahman as Saguna which is too maya. When a Jivatma gets rid of this, merges with ...
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Who is Eeshan/Ishvara refered to in Soundaraya Lahari?

A verse in Soundarya Lahari by Adi Sankara says, Jagat suthe dhata harir avati rudrah kshapayate Tiraskurvan etat svam api vapurisastirayati; Sada-purvah sarvam tad idamanugrhnati cha Shiva- ...