Sankara SampradhAyam - 9

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Fri Sep 10 02:41:54 CDT 1999

On Wed, 1 Sep 1999, Dr. S.R.Marur wrote:

> Among such people, even the hardcore/hyper (thIvira) Vaishnavaites
> remained as advaitins. How [*I*] got to know this is through a
> fact, hitherto unknown to you, which I'll share with you [*now*].
> There are few, who hail from such an advaitic-vaishnava-paramparA,
> exist even today. They hold only me as their AchAryA. If [*you*]
> ask about their siddhAntham, [*they'll say that*] it is advaitA only.
> They won't wear the nAmam. They won't wear vibhUti either, as it is
> considered to be associated with Siva. Rejecting both the nAmam and
> vibhUti, they wear only the 'gOpi chandan'.

This is fascinating stuff.  Didn't Anand once mention he belonged to a
sampradaya of Advaitin Vaishnavas?  Is this the same thing?

There is a sect in North India I'm trying to find out more about called
the Udasins.  Apparently they revere the Guru Granth Sahib and Guru Nanak
(but not the other Sikh gurus) but they also consider Shankaracharya their
Acharya and believe in Advaita Vedanta.

> Similarly, there are advaitins even among the vIra-saivaites.

Do these still exist as an organized group?

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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