|| shrI sha.nkarAchArya aShTottara-shata-nAmAvaliH ||

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jun 1 13:42:28 CDT 1998

On Tue, 12 May 1998, Ravi Mayavaram wrote:

> AUM sarvatantrasvantradhiye namaH
> I bow to shrI shankara whose knowledge  is independent of the tantras.
> He did not practice or study tantras to aquire the knowledge. The
> Self shine not depending on others, but on its own accord. His
> omniscience is due  to  AtmajnAnam.

I'm surprised noone noticed this.  Sarvatantrasvatantra has a specific
meaning which has nothing to do with the Shakta texts called Tantras.
Tantra here is used in the sense of "doctrine" or "system".  Someone who
is the master of all existing systems of thought yet comes up with their
own original one is Sarvatantrasvatantra.  It's an apt description of our
acharya who demonstrates such wide knowledge of different darshans.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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