Adi Shankara



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Adi Shankaracharya, Adi Sankara, Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, Jagadguru Sankaracharya
Function: 
Spiritual Thinker
Traditions: 
Advaita Vedanta, Siva, Vishnu, Divine Mother
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
788 CE
Place of Birth: 
Kalady, Kerala, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
829 CE
Other Related Gurus: 
Shiva, Divine Mother, Kali, His Guru Govinda Bhagavatpada

Biography

Founder of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism) lineage and worshiper of the Divine Mother in various forms including Mother Kali.

Adi Sankara brought the various branches of the Hinduism together and also regulated the Sanyasi Order (Hindu Monks) into ten main streams.

Teachings

His main teaching is that the Para Brahman is One. The apparent diversity of this universe is an illusion due to Maya. Every thing is One (not two, hence Advaitha).

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Upadesa Sahasri: A Thousand Teachings

by Shankara, translated by Swami Jagadananda

(Paperback)

A major work of Shankara that gives a concise survey of Vedanta. With Devanagri text and English translation with explanatory notes. With Ramatirtha's glossary Includes index to slokas...The author has closely followed the commentary of Ramatirtha

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Gretest Advith Master of the world.

santthosh kumaar's picture

The greatest Advith Master, who modified Advitha on vedic base to uplift the Sanatan Dharma[Hinduism] as directed by His Guru's guru Goudpada who is the father of Advith.

among the first ones to ensure the true knoweldge reaches everyone

archana.anchal's picture

Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya is among the very first ones to spread the pure knowledge, the whole humankind is grateful of him........
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Shankar ------ The sum and Substance of Advaita Vedanta

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

Adi Guru Shankaraachaaryaa piloted 'Religion The Sanaatana' opening wings of the Vedas in the new spheres of divine to higher manifestation which is called 'NON-DUALISM'.