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Adi Shankaracharya as the author of Vajrasuchika Upanishad

There is an Upanishad named Vajra-sūcika, which contains details about the nature of Brahmin Varna. It discusses the qualities of a Brahmin. I came to know about the existence of this Upanishad ...
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Is all of Vedas (Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad) supposed to be completely infallible (errorless), authorless and eternal?

I have heard of the concept of Apaurasheya, being authorless, and that all of the six astika Darsanas considered Vedas either infallible or eternal or authorless. My question is, does that apply to ...
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What is 'ḍukr̥ṅkaraṇ'?

In the Moha Mudgara stotra by Shankaracharya, the sage advices an old man practising the rules of Paninian grammar in the streets of Varanasi to let go of all this, and worship Krishna. His advice is ...
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Why does shreemat bhagvatam padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram

In shreemat bhagvat mahapurana padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram why does these puran said this because vyas appear in treatayuga
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What exactly is Moola Avidya? Is it found in Adi Shankaracharya's Prasthana Traya Bhashya?

Shree Satchdanandendra Saraswati Swamiji claims that Moola Avidya is an add on concept which was later inserted into Advaita by Bhamati and Panchapadika Vivarana school. He says it is not found in the ...
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How do Advaitans refute the claim that their philosophy is wrong against Padma Purana

This is according to Padma Purana 6.236.7 which reads: Mayavada or Advaita philosophy is an impious, wicked belief and against all the conclusions of the Vedas. It is only covered Buddhism. My dear ...
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Procedure of panchayatana puja

Ik of the stones used and the placement according to ur ishta and that dwijas can use vedic suktas but what is the procedure for non dwijas? Should they use stotras/other mantras? And what is the ...
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What do Adi Shankara thinks about Bhagavad Gita?

I would like to know what do adi shankar thinks about Gita in general. About its philosophy, depth and loftiness Thanks
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How did the Advaita Acharya Gaudapada meet Vyasa's son Shuka?

The most prominent thinker of the Advaita Vedanta school is Adi Shankaracharaya, but he wasn't the founder of Advaita; Adi Shankaracharaya's guru Govinda and Govinda's guru Gaudapada were also ...
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Is Hamsa Yogi's Bhagavad Gita commentary really older than Adi Shankara?

In the Shakti Ank Of The Kalyan magazine of Gita Press, I came across the Claim that there's a commentary on Bhagavad Gita by a 'Hamsa Yogi' which is Older than Adi Shankara. This came as perplexing ...
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Do deities such as Rama, Krishna , Shiva etc exist in Advaita Vedanta?

I see that a lot of followers of Advaita Vedanta say that praying doesn't make sense since 'I' myself am Brahman. But the Swami they often refer to, Swami Tatmananda (Arsha Bodha) says otherwise. He ...
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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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Do followers of dvaita really believe that advaitins are "deceitful demons"?

I came across a Shloka by Madhvacharya (ananda teertha) in which he calls advaitins as "deceitful demons". Also, in the work madvavijaya considered to be the authentic biography of Madhvacharya, the ...
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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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What were the views of adi shankara on beef eating?

What were the views of Adi Shankara on beef eating? Did he allow it or did he prohibit it?
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न तस्य कार्यं? Isn't Ishwara Nimitta Karana?

It says here that Shri Adi Shankaracharya says this in his Brahma Sutra Bhashya. Now this Saguna Brahman is he with a particular form as per Shankara, let us look at what he says “मन्त्रौ चेमावी...
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What is the meaning of the term ''Mayavadi''? Is the term mentioned in any of the scriptures?

Many ISKCON websites call Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Buddha and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ''mayavadis'' and that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called mayavadis ''greatest of all offenders''. However, ...
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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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Why did Ramanujacharya & Adi Shankaracharya never refer to the Srimad Bhagavatam in their works?

While reading from a Shaivite blog (though I am a Vaishnava) of whether the Srimad Bhagavatam or the Devi Bhagavatam is more authentic, I came across an interesting claim of the blogger that ...
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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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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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Has Adi Shankaracharya quoted Baudhayana Vritti in his commentary on Brahma Sutras?

While reading biography of Ramanujacharya, I came to find that Baudhayana, who is known as Vrittikara, wrote a commentary on Vedavyasa's Brahma Sutra. In the time of Ramanujacharya, this work of ...
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Do any commentators of Brahmasūtras other than Ādi Śaṅkarācārya disagree with both Pañcarātra and Śaiva Āgamas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedānta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sūtras, a work by the sage Vyāsa ...
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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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Aadi Jagadguru Shankaracharya: where is this shloka from ? - parasyeva brahmaṇaḥ praveśa śravaṇā tādātmyo upadeśā ca

Hi Trying to identify from where this shloka is: parasyeva brahmaṇaḥ praveśa śravaṇā tādātmyo upadeśā ca परस्येव ब्रह्मणः प्रवेश श्रवणा तादात्मयो उपदेशा च अरस्येव (arasyeva): Like the sap, as in the ...
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Where can I find Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram?

I'm searching for Shri Dattatreya Bhujanga Prayata Stotram, probably written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Does any one have it?? Please provide a link to it.
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Brahm sutra number for pashvādabhis cha vīśekā

I am trying to identify the brahmsutra chapter and verse number for this verse pashvādabhis cha vīśekā पश्वादभिस च विशेका I came across this sloka in a lecture so might not have converted into text ...
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Why does the Universe exist?

If I am Brahman as Shankara states: I am other than name, form and action. My nature is ever free! I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman. I am pure Awareness, always non-dual. — Adi ...
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On a clarification regarding shankara bhashya gambirya nirnaya

so I was reading the introduction by radhakrishnan sir on advaitha dipika by pandith ananth krishna Shastri in that he(radhakrishna sir ) mentions that there is a work called shankara bhasya gambirya ...
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What did Adi Shankara say on idol worship?

Being a proponent of Advaita i wonder What did Adi Shankara say on idol worship ?
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Do Humans achieve the state of Moksha or Turiya in deep sleep (Sushupti) according the Prasthana Traya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya?

There is a debate going on between the followers of school Shri Satchidanandendra Saraswati and Bhamati Vivarana schools of Advaita. Whether humans temporarily achieve the state if Moksha during sleep ...
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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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Position of Devatas in Panchayatana Pooja

The Narada Purana III.65.44-50 states:- "44-50.When he worships Visnu in the middle, he shall worship Vinayaka,Ravi(Sun) Siva and Sivaa outside them. When he worships Sankara in the middle, he ...
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From which scripture does Adi Shankara quote about Maheswara shaping name and forms of all beings from the words of Veda?

In his Brahma Sutra Bhasya 1.3.28, Adi Shankaracharya gives a long commentary while proving about the eternity of Vedas. He quotes about various scriptures there like: Thus Scripture declares in ...
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Regarding showing that universe is in the consciousness in Shankar's Aparokshanubhuti

In Aparokshanubhuti, Shankara shows that we are not the body nor the mind by giving various techniques like Drig, Drishya, Viveka etc. But after that, he discards whatever he said and by giving ...
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What were Adi Shankara's views on Vedic Samhitas?

Some books keep mentioning that Karma Kanda is 'inferior' to Jnana Kanda. Well, Samhita in Vedas refers to ritual part. So did Adi Shankaracharya denounce Samhitas? Is there any explicit reference? Or ...
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Which Sri Vidya Guru Parampara does Adi Shankaracharya fall in?

Adi Shankaracharya aside from being a Vedantin scholar is also described by many to have been a Sri Vidya Upasaka. The Soundarya Lahari, a principle Sri Vidya text, is often attributed to Him. In ...
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Does Brahman in Shankara Advaita Vedanta know, perceive and act?

In Kena Upanishad we see it is Atman that does all the action, it is the one who forces the mind to think, eyes to see, ears to listen, and so on. केनेषितं पतति प्रेषितं मनः। केन प्राणः प्रथमः प्रैति ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya accept equality of 5 major gods in his works?

I want to know if Adi Shankaracharya said that the five Panchatayana deities (Shiva, Surya, Vishnu, Durga, Ganesh) are Saguna Brahman from his works. Did he differentiate between them or said all ...
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What Adi Shankaracharya said on scriptures being contradictory with reality?

Can you tell me Adi Shankaracharya view on Scriptures being Contradictary with Reality?
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How does Adi Shankara refute the idea of dualism between Brahman and the Atman?

How does Adi Shankara refute the idea of the Atman and Brahman being separate? Does he use the Upanishads for proof or does he use logic/reasoning to prove the identity of the Atman and Brahman being ...
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Authenticity of Jagannath Ashtakam being a composition of Adi Shankaracharya

As we know a lot of devotional hymns are misattributed to Shankaracharya with Jagannath Ashtakam being one of them. Some hymns are verified by the commentaries on them, some by the writing style and ...
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Was Adi Shankaracharya a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? What were his views on Shiva and Vishnu?

Adi Shankaracharya taught Advaita philosophy. What was his belief on how one should see Shiva and Vishnu? Was he a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? Are Shiva and Vishnu same as per Him?
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What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form?

One of the most popular forms of Shiva worshipped in South India is the sage Dakshinamurthi, whose name literally means "the South-facing form". Dakshinamurthi is the subject of the famous ...
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Does Shri Adi Shankaracharya's Advaita say that all Jeevis get liberated at the end of the kalpa?

I came across this website which claimed, At the end of the kalpas, Lord Parameshwara, unites all those souls with the Nirguna ParaBhrahman. Is this true? Does authentic orthodox view of Shri Adi ...
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Has there been any commentary on "Soundarya Lahari" by any scholar from Sri Shankaracharya's lineage?

This page describes Soundarya Lahari as being authored by sage Pushpadanta and Adi Shankara. While there are many who believe this to be incorrect attribution, I am more interested to know if any ...
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Questions on Vedanta Philosophy

Advaita Vedanta does talk about one reality (Brahman) becomes many in the form of universe. Is there any explanation on why does one indivisible brahman becomes many? If one appearing as many is just ...
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Brihd Upanishad 3.9.4 says “Purusha Prana” not Organs (Karma-indriya). The same Upanishad is clear in using the term indriya in 6.4.5?

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 3.9.4 says “Purusha Prana” not Organs (Karma-indriya). The same Upanishad is very clear in using the term indriya in 6.4.5. There are 5 primary pranas & 5 Upa-pranas, ...
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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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Which book of Dr. Rangacharya throws light upon Shankara Vedanta?

The following lines are from a book of Dr. Rangacharya: "That the aim of Shankaracharya was to try to evolve what he himself took to be the teachings of the Upanishads out of the Vedanta Sutras ...

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