[Advaita-l] Bhakti in Advaita Tradition - Post - Gaudapada and Pre-Madhusudana
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Wed Jun 22 04:06:43 CDT 2011
I think Sankara is Vaishnava and Vishnu is not only the four-handed deity
How come Sankara Bhagavatpada, whose vision reverberates with shruti vakya
"EkaM sat viprAH bahudhA vadanti", is labelled as vaishnava?
Granted that vishnu is not the four-handed deity as stated in shruti (tat vishnOh
paramaM padaM sadA pashyanti sUrayaH....). On the similar lines, Siva can
also be derived as "sAntaM sivaM advaitaM.." and other panchayAtana deities viz.,
gaNapati, ambika & aditya.
Acharya Sankara is all rolled into One who is beyond all "isms". And that is Advaita.
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