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Was Adi Shankaracharya a Shaiva or a Vaishnava? What were his views on Shiva and Vishnu?

Shankaras Advaita is called Kevala Advaita ie. Only Advaita; there is no duality at all and any duality that is perceived is just due to ignorance. Here are some features of Shankara's philosophy: 1) ...
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Help me to find out the verse : "Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah"

Good question. Always quoted as Sankara, but no one gives the source text. It is from Sankara's Brahmajnanavalimala verse 20. It is available here 20. brahma satyam jaganmithyA jIvo brahmaiva ...
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Was Adi Shankaracharya’s Parakaya Pravesha to learn Kamashastra Dharmic?

Renowned Advaitin Sri Vidyarana Swami had written a biography of Sri Adi Shankara. And this instance is also recorded in it. Canto 9 of Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya records this incident. Shankara ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya really believe in Hari-Hara abheda?

If you clearly read full Vishnu Sahasranama Bhasya of Adi Shankara, then it is clearly seen that he holds Hari Hara Abheda. Some points which I also discuss in my answer here. While commenting on the ...
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Do followers of dvaita really believe that advaitins are "deceitful demons"?

It is because they cite a specific verse from garuDa purANa which says maNiman demon reincarnated in kali yuga. As per them the incarnation of vaayu in dwapara yuga was Bheem sena and the incarnation ...
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Difference between Smartas and Advaitins?

As I discuss in this answer, the word Smartha originally just meant "follower of Smriti. (Hinduism has two sets of scripture, Shruti or "that which is heard" and Smriti or "that which is remembered.) ...
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Are there any other Puranas that predict Adi Shanakaracharya besides the Bhavishya Purana?

Yes, other Puranas do mention about prophecy of Adi Shankara. As per Kamakoti Site, there are references to Adi Shankara being Avatara of Lord Shiva in Kurma Purana, Markandeya Purana, Aditya Purana, ...
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Was Ubhaya Bharati right in asking a question related to Kama Sutra?

It's because it was a separate debate. It's true that Mandana Misra's wife Ubhaya Bharati is said to have been the referree of the debate between Adi Shankaracharya and Mandana Misra. But this ...
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What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form?

Dakshinamurty form of Lord Shiva is described in Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana in Mochak Kathanam of Mukti Khanda. Here is the description of form: गड़्गाधरं शिवं शान्तं लसत्केयूरमण्डितम् । सर्वा...
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K.S. Bhagavan's critique of Adi Shankara

In brief, the situation is: A rationalist has analyzed a text written in C++ into English because both look similar. He has critisized C++ for "bad grammar". Certain extremists are behind his life ...
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What is the source for the famous conversation between Adi Shankara and Chandala

Conversation between Chandala (who is none other than Lord Shiva) and Adi Shankara can be found in Shankara Digvijaya (most famous biography of Adi Shankara) written by Madhavacharya (Vidyaranya ...
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Is the "Bhaja Govindam" prayer attributed to Adi Sankara only a Bhakti text?

Bhaja Govindam stotra is attributed to Krishna or Vishnu. The author of Bhaja Govindam stotra is Adi Shankaracharya. He also wrote commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama. He gave a detailed explanation of ...
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Which are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta?

One of the purest Advaitic texts is the Astavakra Samhita. This is the only book that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa kept in his room. Again, it is pure Advaita. Another is the Pancadasi by Sri Vidyaranya ...
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Who is Ishwar according to Advait Vedanta - Lord Shiva or Vishnu?

Pure Advaita considers forms of God as unreal. Thus it does not matter what name the unreal Ishvara is called. Shankara considers Isvara or Brahman with attributes as ultimately unreal. He writes in ...
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What is the mystery of Hari Sankara Stotra composed by Adi Shankara?

Here, is that Stotra composed by Adi-Shankara. It has 11 verses and gives such double meanings that it can be used to praise Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu at the same time. It goes on praising 10 avatars ...
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How does Adishankaracharya Advaita explain concept of Avatar?

Adi Sankara taught that God incarnated. In his Introduction to his commentary on the Gita, Sankara says (Bhagavad Gita with the commentary of Sankaracarya, Swami Gambhirananda translator, pp 3-5): ...
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Why did Adi Sankaracharya compare the color of Ishwara's eyes to that of monkey's nates?

First of all, here is the Chandogya Upanishad verse in question: tasya yathā kapyāsaṃ puṇḍarīkamevamakṣiṇī tasyoditi nāma sa eṣa sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhya udita udeti ha vai sarvebhyaḥ pāpmabhyo ...
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Why did Ramanujacharya & Adi Shankaracharya never refer to the Srimad Bhagavatam in their works?

There is a discussion about the date of the Bagavata Purana in the Introduction to the English translation by Swami Tapasyananda. There was a view that attributed the authorship of the Bhagavata to ...
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Are Sri RamaKrishna's statements about attaining Brahman through Bhakti inline with Adi Shankara?

The single line answer is "Pure bhakthi and Pure Jnana are same". If you try to study both gurus lives, you will understand that: Sankaracharya is outwardly jnani but inside he is a pure bhaktha. ...
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Debate between Maṇḍana Miśra and Ādi Śankara

According to this website, there are a number of biographies of Shankaracharya called shankara vijaya. The oldest among them is the Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya, by Vidyaranya mAdhavIya Sankaravijaya ...
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According to ShankarAchArya in Advaita, is the universe "unreal" or "unworthy"?

There is a common popular misconception in People that according to Advaita World doesn't exist at all. It is not true. When we are deciding reality of things as per Advaita. Then, Advaita itself ...
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Who is Ishwar according to Advait Vedanta - Lord Shiva or Vishnu?

What is Ishwara? According to Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Saara Sangraha (You can get Sanskti-Hindi version from Internet Archive). verses 310-317 Ishvara ॥ १४ ॥ ईश्वरः॥ मायोपहितचैतन्यं साभासं ...
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What is the date of Adi Shankara, 8th century AD or 400 BC?

Summary: Adi Shankaracharya belonged to the 5th century BC only and this has been corroborated by various authentic records. As discussed here, the person dated to the 8th century is Abhinava Shankara....
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Which are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta?

Apart from the works of Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada mentioned by Swami Vishwananda. I would like to say a few words. If you want to know about its philosophy like bird's view, there are many books ...
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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?

This quote with slight variation is present in Chapter 7, Purvabhaga of Kurma Purana. अव्ययं च व्ययं चैव द्वयं स्थावरजङ्गमम्। तेषां ये यानि कर्माणि प्राक् सृष्टेः प्रतिपेदिरे॥ ६४॥ तान्येव ते ...
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Who are the pseudo-advaitins referred to by Shringeri Acharya? Does Adi Shankara state characteristics of true advaitins?

Thanks to Rickross and Partha for their answers. You are not wrong. But this question is significant even in Advaita circles and deserves a level of detail which neither have covered. Advaita, during ...
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How long did Adi Shankaracharya live?

Quoting from here , Shankara’s dates Modern scholarship is agreed on dates in the 8th century C.E., though it has proved impossible to reach agreement on Shankara’s precise dates of birth ...
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Debate between Maṇḍana Miśra and Ādi Śankara

The traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya is the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, composed by Vidyaranya, brother of the famous Vedic commentator Sayana. Here is what Vidyaranya says about the ...

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