[Advaita-l] Conference on that Date of Adi Sankaracharya in October, 2002
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Thu Jan 7 00:15:48 CST 2010
---- Bhaskar, can you please translate from Sri Holenarsipur Swamigal's
kannada work on what exactly is he saying though you said he did not
praNAms Sri Venkat prabhuji
I did have a look at Sri SSS's Kannada book 'Sri ShankarabhagatpAda
vruttAnta sAra sarvasva' y'day. What should I translate prabhuji!! it is
really a ocean of references, I dont know where to start & where to end!!
He quotes abundantly on each & every episode of shankara's biography. With
regard to popular belief that shankara is an incarnation of bhagavAn
shankara, he quotes mUla shlOka-s from shiva rahasya, mArkendeya saMhitA
and from purANa-s like, linga purANa, kUrma purANa, vAyu purANa, saura
purANa, bhavishyOttara purANa...He also quotes purNa-s such as padma
purANa & from madhvAchArya's MBTN, maNimanjari etc. where shankara's
incarnation described in a derogatory way. And with regard to 'birth
date' of shankara, he quotes from various shankara vijaya-s such as
mAdhaveeya, vyAsAchaleeya, chitsukhAchArya's bruhatcchankara vijaya,
shankara mandAra saurabha, vAkpati bhattodbhata's shankarendra vilAsa,
keraleeya shankara vijaya, kUshmAnda shankara purANa( where it is said
shankara's birth has taken from pumpkin & date in the quoted slOka tallies
to BCE 477 :-)), keraLotpatti, jina vijaya, 16th century work darshana
prakAsha from the tradition of mahAnubhAva. Apart from this he also
quotes the name of Madras Hightcourt lawyer T.S. Narayana Shastri, the
author of The Age of Shankara, in which he argued shankara's date is BCE
509 based on bruharcchankara vijaya & others are N.K. Venkatesha Pantulu,
K.S. Ramaswamishastri who are of the same opinion that shankara's birth
date is BCE 509. Sri SSS quotes book name, references, page Nos. etc. of
various authors who argued shankara's date from 4th century to 9th
century. Overall, as said above, it is a 'complete reference bank' on
shankara's biography and it is very difficult for me to translate those
references in English.
Swamiji at the end based on sUtra bhAshya & the places mentioned in that
work like srughna, mathurA, pAtaliputra (VSB 2-1-8 and 4-2-5) and king's
name pUrNa varma, buddhists dharma keerti, dinnaga etc. name of guNamati
(sUtra bhAshya 2-2-22) and vAchaspati mishra's commentary on sUtra
bhAshya i.e. bhAmati vyAkhyAna, the oldest available complete commentary
on shankara's sUtra bhAshya, wherein bhAskarAchArya's objection on sUtra
bhAshya is addressed etc. etc. infers ( he clearly says here : 'it is
better to imagine') that shankara might have written the sUtra bhAshya at
the end of 7th century or early part of 8th century...It is to be noted
that, he did not say anything about shankara's birth date, he only
imagined 7th & 8th century date for the sUtra bhAshya based on the
available information in shankara's works that too after mentioning
clearly all possible counter objections to these view points also.
The last sentence in Kannada version of Sri SSS, in this chapter goes
like this :
Addarinda bhAskarAchAryariginta hinde idda AchAryaru kri.sha. (A.D.) 7ne
shatakada antyadalli athava 8ne shatakada aadiyalli tamma sUtra
bhAshyavannu barederabekendu 'kalpisuvudu' sAdhAravAgiruttade endaayitu.
It is clear from the above sentence, Sri SSS himeself was not certain
about shankara's date & time of his works.
Prof. SKR also cites the same references in justification of his dates.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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