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Can the intellect (buddhi) be equated with Ishvara?

Since Ishvara is the ruler of the universe, the Lord, can we say that, in our microcosm, our buddhi (intellect - the decision maker) is equivalent to Ishvara?
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Who is the first person to quote verses from Uttara Khanda of Padma Purana targeting Shankara and his philosophy?

Uttara khanda, chapter 236 of Padma Purana classifies Puranas into three categories and attacks Shankara's Advaita by saying Shiva incarnated as Shankara to preach a doctrine that resembles Vedas but ...
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Scriptual references for Adi Shankaracharya and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj being Lord Shiva's avatars

I have read about Adi Shankaracharya being incarnation of Lord Shiva, similarly in many articles, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is shown as a Avatar of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the scriptural ...
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Do Advaitin's claim Brahman or Atman is Svaprakasha?

While I discuss Shri Madhwacharya's Mayavada Khandanam in this question, his entrie argument against Advaita seems to rest on the fact that Advaitins claim that Brahman or Atman is Svaprakasha (Self ...
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Story of Adi Shankaracharya as per Siva Rahasyam

What is the life story of Adi Shankara Charya as per Siva Rahasyam
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Vedanta and prayer

Is praying, and asking a God for things, useful/beneficial in advaita védanta? Since Isvara is considered to be only conceptually true, and ultimately non-existent, can he really be helpful?
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Which is right varna based on birth or varna based on Guna and karma?

Which is right varna is based on birth or varna is based On guna and karma ? In view of advaita followers The kamakoti peetham tell that varNa is by guNa but guNa is by birth But vaishanvas tells that ...
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Where can I find the audio of Hari Sankara stotra by Adi shankaracharya?

I'm looking for the audio pronunciation of Hari Sankara Stotra .
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Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Champaka flower

Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya has the verse below: रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम् । जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च ...
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Who were the people that thought Śaṅkarācārya was the author of Bhagavad-gītā?

In his lecture Thoughts on the Gita, Swami Vivekananda says the following. I'm interested in the part that's in bold. THOUGHTS ON THE GITA The book known as the Gita forms a part of the ...
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Who was the king who argued with Adi Shankaracharya using karma siddantha (law of karma)?

What is the name of the king who debated with Adi Shankaracharya against Advaita and supporting karma siddhantha (law of karma)? Which authentic text contains the discussion between them?
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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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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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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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Who are the “Pauranikas” who believed in 30 Tattvas and 8 Pramanas?

As I discuss in this question, one of the most popular forms of Shiva worshipped in South India is the young sage Dakshinamurthi, whose name literally means "the South-facing form". The Advaita ...
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Was Draupadi reborn in the house of Adi Shankaracharya?

In this excerpt from the Garuda Purana, various incarnations of Vayu the wind god are described. In particular, it says this: When lord Rama incarnated on earth, Vayu was born as Hanuman for ...
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Origin of the Shankara legend?

The film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is based on a lot of lurid and sensationalist stereotypes about worshippers of Maa Kali and Sri Shiva. However, the central plot conceit is based around a ...
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Who are the pseudo-advaitins referred to by Shringeri Acharya? Does Adi Shankara state characteristics of true advaitins?

Sri Sringeri Sharadha Peetham has a free ebook to download here. In that book, the following statement is made by the then Shakaracharya, H.H Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswami. In the page 556 of the ...
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Did Adi Shankara persecute Buddhists in Nagarjunakonda?

Neo-Buddhists often claim that Adi Shankaracharya killed many Buddhists and destroyed many Buddhist shrines in Nargarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh. They also say there is a local legend which supports ...
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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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Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? [duplicate]

Did adi shankara accept purans as a valid source of information/knowledge? If not why did he rejected the Puranas because they are also divine in origin?
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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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Why is Veda Vyasa Siddhanta different from Vedanta Siddhanta in Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha?

I recently came across the book called Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha which is claimed to be written by Shankaracharya. Was this book written by Adi Shankaracharya? And, in the contents, Veda Vyasa ...
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Did Shankaracharya refer to Buddhism's Suññatā? [duplicate]

Namaste, I am interested to learn what was Shankaracharya's view on Buddhists' Suññatā. Is there any documented reference of Him on that ? J.P
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What's the oldest advaita ashram or mathas?

The title is the question. But I know Shankara mathas are the oldest, I'm not considering them for this question.
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Is there any English translation of Vivekachudamani bhashya by Shri Chandrashekara Mahaswamigal?

Here is the link for the sanskrit work https://archive.org/details/VivekChudamaniBhashyaChandrasekharaBharati Is there an English translation of the work? If so please provide the link
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What are the names of current heads of peethams formed by Adi Shankaracharya in India?

Currently, In India, What are the names of the leading heads (peetadhipathi) of pethams formed by Adi Shankaracharya?
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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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Is Shankaracharya wrongly attributed as author to many hymns?

We find many scriptures which are said to be authored by first Shankaracharya. But when we go through them we find it that the author cannot be Sankara for some obvious reason mentioned below. Why and ...
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What is Purva Paksha according to Hindu scriptures?

I have been reading this book called Being Different by Rajiv Malhotra. In this he mentions Purva Paksha i.e. the art of studying the opposing parties point of view thoroughly and then presenting ...
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Did Madhusudhana Saraswathi, in his Advaitha Siddhi depart and deviate from the opinions of Adi Shankaracharya regarding Advaita philosophy?

BNK Sharma, a well known scholar and author belonging to Dwaita school of Vedanta has written this in his book Advaita Siddhi vs Nyayamrita, an up to date appraisal. Here's the excerpt Is this true? ...
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Panchayata puja in vaishava puranas?

Do Vishnu Purana (or) bhagavatam tells about panchayata puja About five god worship which is given by adivata and Adi shankaracharya Padma purana tells about five god worship like that Vishnu Purana ...
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How does Upadhi create Bheda in Abheda Brahman according to Advaita?

TLDR: It's easy to explain confusing a rope to be a snake. But how is spatial dimension imagined? Does Brahman have spatial dimension. If yes how is that not Bheda? If no, then how is spatial ...
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Are advaitha peetadhipathis necessarily jivan mukthas?

Is it mandatory that the Peetadhipathi of Advaitha Peetas has to be liberated?
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On which basis Adi Shankaracharya was considered shivavtar? [duplicate]

What is the reference of consider bhagwatpad Adi Shankaracharya to be an incarnation of shiva ? Did he proclaimed himself to be so anywhere ?
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Books on Brahma Sutras

What are the best books to get started to learn Brahma Sutras. English translation of Sankara's commentary is what I am looking for. Has anyone read V Panoli's translation and please suggest your ...
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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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Which Vedic ashrama is compulsory for all Sanatanis?

We know of four Vedic ashramas: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha & Sannyasa. Of these, only the 2nd one (Grihastha) seems to be meant for all varnas. The first, the third, and the fourth ones ...
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Do Adi shankaracharya mentioned Nalayira Divya Prabandam?

Do Adi shankaracharya mentioned Nalayira Divya Prabandam in this commentaries and his scriptures
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Do gita mentioned qualities of godhead?

Did bhagavad gita mentioned about qualities of godhead lord Krishna { do shankaracharya mentioned qualities of godhead in gita bhashya}
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Which commentary of the Bhagavata Gita is the best? [closed]

Sridhara Swami, Adi Shankara & Madhusudana Sarasvati- these 3 stalwarts of Advaita philosophy have composed their respective commentaries on the Bhagavata Gita but neither of them can be ...
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Advaita on other acharyas?

Do advaita believe that ramanujacharya is avatar of Adi sesha And madhavcharya is avatar of vayu And Krishna chaitanya is avatar of Krishna Any reference that Adi shankara charya obey that dvaita , ...
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Reference form kalika Purana

Puri Shankara charya told that mayavadi means kapalika in YouTube video It is true means I want reference that kapalikas are mayavadi in kalika Purana
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Nirodhah and Asamsayam mahābhāo meanings in Dhyānayogo shl. 35 [closed]

Ch. Dhyānayogo , translated with "Il vero Yoga", = The True Yoga. Chapter number 6 for my edition. श्रीभगवानुवाच | असंशयं महाबाहो मनो दुर्निग्रहं चलम् | अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च ...
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Does Shankaracharya of Puri consider that Varna is based on birth? Is this consistent with teachings of Adi Shankara?

I found this YouTube video (with English subtitles) of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, the current Shankaracharya of Puri, but don't quite understand what he's trying to convey. Can someone summarize ...
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Where are the tatastha lakshana and svarupa lakshana defined?

Which scripture defines tatastha lakshana and svarupa lakshana and where these terms are mentioned by Shankaracharya?
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Please try to help us all to ‘see more clearly now’ the great teaching of Advaita Vedanta - ‘Sat cit ananda’ [duplicate]

‘Sat cit ananda’ meaning, as translated by Warwick Jessup, in his book translating a Shankara teaching 'The Eternal Way' is ‘being-consciousness-bliss’. Jessup is a life-long student of Sanskrit and ...