[Advaita-l] Bhakti, Bhagavata Purana & Sankara

Sankaran Aniruddhan ani at ee.washington.edu
Tue Jul 1 17:12:18 CDT 2003


> Excuse me. May I know where in his bhashyas does
> Sankara claim that he is an incarnation of Siva?

He doesn't.

> If he
> does not make any such claim (as Jaladhar rightly
> points out), how can we assume that he is an
> incarnation of Siva?

We can't. It is obviously only a *belief* held by some
people. My statement was meant to be a light-hearted comment
on the issue. I am sorry if it offended anybody.

In any case, note that Bhagavatpada's immediate disciple
Totakacharya in his Totakashtakam says "bhava eva
bhavaniti..." i.e. "You are Bhava (Lord Shiva) Himself...".
This may only be a poetic comparison though.


Sruti smRti purANAnAm Alayam karuNAlayam
namAmi bhagavatpAda Sam.karam lokaSam.karam

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