vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 8 03:05:30 CDT 2002
>Shankaracharya of Shringeri and the guru of Swami Vidyaranya. That would
>make him early 14th century I believe. In the mangalacharana of
>the Panchadashi, Swami Vidyaranya says:
>namaH shrishaMkarAnandagurupAdAmbujanmane |
>However Swami Vidyaranyas' predecessor on the Shringeri pitha was Swami
>Bharati Tirth so perhaps paramaguru is meant instead?
The Atma-purANa is a very well-known work in the Advaita tradition. It is
not really a purANa, in the generally popular sense of the term, as it is
a synopsis of the upanishadic teachings, primarily based on bRhadAraNyaka.
The oral tradition is that Swami Sankarananda was a guru of Swami
Vidyaranya. Swami Bharati Tirtha was not a direct guru of Swami
Vidyaranya, as both of them were co-disciples under the same gurus.
Swami Sankarananda's name is not on the Sringeri list as a Sankaracharya,
so I presume that it is mostly an inference on the editor's part - "as he
was Vidyaranya's guru, he must have been so". However, the Sankaracharya
of a pITha can have multiple gurus, so that is not a problem.
The interesting thing is that through Sankarananda's guru's name,
AnandAtman, we can build up a fairly coherent network of guru-zishya
lineages for many important pre-Vidyaranya authors, e.g. amalAnanda,
citsukha, sukhaprakASa, Anandagiri, anubhUtisvarUpa, AnandapUrNa
vidyAsAgara, to name those who come to mind immediately. I have some
details in the page on post-Sankaran advaitins in our website.
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