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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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How is Nirguna Brahman Nirguna if he is Sachidananda?

We know that Nirguna Brahman is Sat, Chit and Ananda. Are not Sat, Chit and Anandas themselves gunas? As they are qualities. Reference, Tattva Bodha of Shri Shankaracharya.
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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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Who propounded the method of doing Puja using akshatas?

Nowadays everyone does a Puja with an overwhelming use of akshatas.Akshatas are the substitute for everything starting from the dhyana/avahana mantras to tamboolam(betel leaves) in case you don't have ...
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How do our Past life desires and thoughts influence our nature in present life?

Shankaracharya in his Gita Bhasya 18.41 says " Karma is action arising from and fashioned by past thoughts and desires. The Gunas cannot manifest themselves without a cause. Nature is the ...
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In Adi Shankaracharya's “Shiva Panchakshara Stotra,” Yajna-Svaruupaaya or Yaksha-Svaruupaaya, which is correct?

In the penultimate verse of phalasruthi of Shiva Panchakshara Stotra written by Adi Shankaracharya, Yajñasvarūpāya {Yakṣasvarūpāya} jaṭādharāya pinākahastāya sanātanāya । divyāya devāya digambarāya ...
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What is the difference between the Adi Sankar's concept of Ishvara and Krishnaprem's concept of Ishvara?

Krishnaprem (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Prem) was a great devotee and Philosopher who wrote essays on the Gita and the Kathopanishad. He was a Gaudiya Vaishnava but respected all views. ...
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What does Adi Shankara mean with “reflection” [duplicate]

I'm trying to wrap my head around the Advaita teaching that Ishvara is the "reflection" (abhasavada) of Brahman in Maya. I first thought that this means Ishvara is a kind of illusion, ontologically ...
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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 will take ...
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Who is the earliest Advaitin to mention six Pramanas?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Who agrees with Adi Shankaracharya on Smriti having no authority over the existence of objects?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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What arguments does Shabara's Mimamsa Sutra Bhashya take from the Brahma Sutras?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Looking for the source scripture for the verse “Slokardhena pravakshyami”

My previous question was : Help me to find out the verse : “Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah”. In which I knew that in the Brahmajnanavalimala of Adi Shankaracharya, The verse is: ...
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What is the (potentially lost) text of the Jabalas quoted by Adi Shankaracharya?

In his commentary on Adhyaya 4 Pada 1 Sutra 3 of the Brahma Sutras, Adi Shankaracharya presents a number of scriptural quotes to support his Advaita view that the individual soul of jivatma is the ...
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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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What are the views of Gaudiya Vaishnavism on Adi Shankaracharya?

Adi Shankaracharya is believed to be incarnation of Lord Shiva. What are views of Gaudiya Vaishnavism on Adi Shankaracharya?
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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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Where does Shankaracharya cite the Narayana Upanishad in his Vishnu Sahasranama Bhashya?

The Narayana Upanishad (different from the Mahanarayana Upanishad), declares Narayana (Vishnu) to be the creator of Shiva and Brahma: NarayanAt brahmA jAyate NarayanAt rudro jAyate This Upanishad ...
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Do Vedas/Smritis sanction genocide of non-believers (buddhists etc)?

Among the most famous hagiographies of Adi Shankara is the Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya. This work has significant importance in advaita tradition. https://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/sankara-vijayam....
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Does Sankara Bhashyam exist for The Nrusimha Tapani Upanisad?

Does any one know of a source (preferably a publication in print) of 'Sri Sankara Bhashyam' for 'Sri Nrusimha Tapani Upanisad'? As a background - some people, possibly Vaishnavas, believe that 'Sri ...
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Who are the (Sixteen?) Mothers referred to by Sri Adi Sankaracharya?

In His commentary of Gita (9/25), Sri Adi Sankaracharya included "Vinayaka, the group of Sixteen (?) (divine) Mothers, the Four Sisters" in "Bhutas" (Beings worshipped). Who are these Sixteen (?) ...
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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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Why did Nigamananda Paramahansa say Adi Shankaracharya's teachings were Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's path?

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 ...
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Did Kumarila Bhatta and Shankaracharya persecute the Buddhists?

In the description of this question, the questioner gives proof from Biographies of Shankaracharya and Kumarila Bhatta that Buddhists including women and children were killed. Is this true?? Do Vedas/...
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Is Adi Shankaras sub-commentary (Vivarana) on Vyasa's Patanjali Yoga sutras commentary available online or as PDF book?

It is believed that Adi Shankara has also written a sub commentary on Yoga sutras of Patanjali. This is A previously unknown sub-commentary recently discovered in around 1952 on the Vyasa commentary ...
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Was Shankara a bhakta of Saguna Brahman Narayana or did he consider Nirguna Brahman to be supreme?

If Shankara considered Nirguna Brahman superior, or in other words, if he was a promoter of Nirguna Brahman, then why did he mention the name of Narayana (as his ishta devata) in the introduction of ...
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Reference from Shankaracharya's Prasnatraya for Panchayatna Puja?

Can anyone quote Shankaracharya's Bhasya in Prasnatraya to prove Non Duality between 5 Devas(Vishnu Shiva Devi Ganesha Surya) or Panchayatna Puja? Note : I am aware of quote in Mahabharata but I want ...
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Deadlock in Sankara's views?

In Sankara's Manīṣā panchakam we find the following excerpt - If a person has attained the firm knowledge that he is not an object of perception, but is that pure consciousness which shines clearly ...
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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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Shankaracharya installed sri chakra in which temples?

It is said that Adi Shankaracharya installed the Sri Chakra in many temples. Is there a list and description of temples where Adi Shankaracharya installed Sri Chakra?
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Does Govardhana Mutt accept the authenticity of Bharati Krishna Tirthaji's “Vedic Mathematics”?

"Vedic Mathematics" is a book by Bharati Krishna Tirthaji, who served as the Shankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt from 1921-1925, and as the Shankaracharya of Govardhana Mutt from 1925 until his death in ...
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Does Puri Sankaracharya or other teachers say what aspects of the British Raj were divine and based on Manusmriti?

Hindi video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9eI-hC7Aqs around 8:05 Their (British) rule had its glaring negativities thanks to their mental devilry, but whatever trace of divinity it had was due to ...
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Truth in Advaita

To which theory of truth does the advaita vedanta relate? The correspondance theory, the coherence theory, or another one? If truth, in Adi Shankara's comprehension, is understood as the ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya establish Akharas in addition to mathas?

Quite a few websites have popped up that claim Akharas were set up by Adi Shankaracharya. Some sites have even claimed that the Naga Sadhu order was organized into a mitary order by Adi Shankaracharya ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya really try to make people'Bhagavad-vimukhi' as claimed the Gaudiya Vaishnavas?

According to the sloka of Padma-Purana quoted in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Sri Adi Sankaracharya deluded people by preaching a false doctrine and made them away (vimukha) from God : According to ...
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What are various subsects of Shankara Advaita school?

What are different sub sects of AdiShankaracharya's Advaita school?
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Where can I read Prabodha Sudhakara of Adi Shankara in English?

Adi Shankaracharya's little known philosophical work is Prabodha Sudhakara. I am interested in reading it. Where can I read this work in online in English?
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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 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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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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What scriptures say cranes can become pregnant without the involvement of males?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Was Adi Shankaracharya a Vishwakarma Brahmin?

The Vishwakarmas, aka the Kammalars, are a community of metalworkers and craftsmen. Many people consider them to be low-caste, but they claim that they're actually Brahmanas, descended from the ...
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what is the thithi, nakshatra, lunar month details of Adi Shankara's birth as documented by any mutt?

I am clarifying my previous question again since without reading the details someone send it to duplicate.
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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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What Advaita tells about Mlechha, Caste system, Varna Sanskara?

What Advaita tells about Mleccha can change religion to Hinduism? (Yes means which varna they will come. No means explanation of why they should not change religion) Please answer this question ...
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Can anyone please give pdf link for Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Adi Shankaracharya in Kannada?

Is there any online link available with Shri Adi Shankaracharya's Brahma Sutra Bhashya in Kannada?
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Reference for Shankaracharya quote?

Does anyone have original reference and source for this quote? "Shrutis are authorities only in the matter of things we cannot decide by our instruments. They tell us what is beyond knowledge, not ...
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Do rituals require faith to be successful?

According to Adi Shankaracharya, Vedas consist of three parts- Karma kand (rituals like yajna, nitya karma etc.) Upasana kand (praying to devas etc.) Bramha vidya (denunciation of world, sameness of ...
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Were there multiple Adi-Shankaras as claimed by some people?

I came across this surprising tweet just today. It claims that there were multiple Adi-Shankaras. The gentlemen mentions Sringeri records verify this. To my knowledge, this is something new that I ...
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Were the mantras of the Isha Upanishad ever used in Yagnas?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of mantras heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the ...