I give below some Mahabharata verses on how to treat others. There is no injunction to commit genocide. As a general rule 'historical' facts mentioned in ancient texts need to be crosschecked with other sources. Do Buddhists accuse Shankaracharya of mixing with a King who allegedly killed all Buddhists in all of India? Most historians will reject such ...
Some of the baseless accusations that Neo-Buddhists have leveled against Adi Shankaracharya is that he persecuted Buddhists, destroyed Nagarjunakonda and Amaravati etc. Proselytization by force, deception or material benefits was not prevalent in those times - be it Hinduism , Jainism or Buddhism. The practice was that the vanquished in a philosophical ...
Do Vedas/Smritis sanction genocide of non-believers (buddhists etc)?
No, but they sanction the deportation of non-believers, including Buddhists:
Manusmriti 9.225 - Gamblers, dancers, cruel men, men belonging to heretical sects [pāṣaṇḍas], men addicted to evil deeds, dealers in wine,—these the King shall instantly banish from his town.
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Contrary to your statement, the Digvijaya is not an important work. It also does not exist as a single manuscript, or author. Swami Tapasyananda states in his Introduction to his book you referenced:
Problems Connected With a Biography of Sri Sankara
An Introduction to an English translation of Madhava Vidyaranya's Sankara-digvijaya,...
External objects seen in both the dream and waking world are unreal alike. This is what I assume OP needs the proof for.
स्वप्नवृत्तावपि त्वन्तश्चेतसा कल्पितं त्वसत् ।
बहिश्चेतोगृहीतं सद्दृष्टं वैतथ्यमेतयोः ॥ ९ ॥
जाग्रद्वृत्तावपि त्वन्तश्चेतसा कल्पितंत्वसत् ।
बहिश्चेतो गृहीतं सद्युक्तं वैतथ्यमेतयोः ॥ १० ॥
-Mandukya Karika 2.9-2.10
The term Advaita refers to its idea that the true self, Atman, is the same as the highest metaphysical Reality (Brahman).
Earliest reference to Advaita can be traced to Rig Veda Hymn X.72 and in Satapada Brahmana 6:1:1:5.
While in Rig Veda it was mentioned as Aditi and Daksha and in Satapada Brahmana it is was mentioned as Prajapati and AGNI.
Coming to ...
No doubt, God is formless Paramatma in its highest form, but worship of formless for a common jiva is very difficult. Even the minds of some of the advanced yogis engrossed in Tapas of Brahman like Vishvamitra were distracted by Apsaras or riches of heavens, while several like Buddha, sage Narayana etc., were put to test by nature and Indra, what to expect ...
The question is:
As per my understanding Advait vedanta doesn't accept a the notion of
personal God/Godess. Then why didn't Shankara eliminate the idol
Good question indeed. How can an Advaiti promote idol worship?
Many scholars fixed and adopted the 788 A.D as Sri Sankara's year of birth and some others put it at 509 BCE. He met his ...