[Advaita-l] Adi Sankara's Birth Date

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Wed May 4 08:29:10 CDT 2011

We have gone over all this multiple times in the past on this list. Please
note that the astrologer B V Raman has not said anywhere that Sringeri
Matha gave the BC date. What he says is that the Sringeri record gives
the date as the 14th year of a king named Vikrama. No identification of
this king has been given and that is why there is room for interpretation
of the record, historically speaking. 
About a year ago, Sri V Subrahmanian posted the text of a discourse by
Swami Abhinava Vidyatirtha, the previous Jagadguru of Sringeri, about
why the Sringeri Matha observed 1988 as the 1200th birth centenary of
Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada. That too is available in the archives.
ps. If you are interested in seriously understanding what advaita vedAnta
says about athAto brahmajijnAsA, please pick up one of the hundreds of
publications available, in Sanskrit, numerous other Indian languages and
English, dealing with precisely this point. If you can find books by vedAnta
deSika and jayatIrtha, surely you can find books by SankarAcArya. 
> Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 15:49:03 +0530
> From: vmurthy36 at gmail.com
> To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
> Subject: [Advaita-l] Adi Sankara's Birth Date
> The famous astrologer BV Raman has given Adi Sankara's birth date and
> horoscope in his book Notable Horoscopes.
> http://books.google.co.in/books?id=sXJ02csFd5kC&printsec=frontcover&dq=notable+horoscopes&source=bl&ots=HVggcAceqm&sig=69-2i0wAN0FuO-K-5LQbLdOrs1g&hl=en&ei=wiTBTZiZGofwrQfq5N3tBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
> According to him he has concluded like this-
> 'As Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao says: According to the records of the
> Sringeri Mutt (Guru Parampara Patti) which are well preserved and
> reliable, Sankara was born on the 5th day of the bright half of the
> lunar month of Vaisakha of the cyclic year of Eswara in Vikrama 14.
> This corresponds to 25th March 44 BC. I am inclined to give greater
> weight to the reliability of this date as it is given in the lists
> preserved by the Gurus of Sringeri and consequently, there was no
> chance of their having been tampered with. Sankara's Guru was
> Govindapada, who is said to have begotten by his Kshatriya wife, the
> great Vikramaditya. Sankara must therefore have lived about the time
> of Vikramaditya.'
> If Sringeri Matha has said Adi Sankara's birth date is in 44 BC why
> did they celebrate 1200 year anniversary in 1988?
> BV Raman says- 'Jupiter's aspect on the Moon denotes profound
> spirituality, while the Martian aspect shows a vivid emotional
> temperament which animated his philosophical expositions with
> matchless charm and dignity.'
> -- 
> Regards
> -Venkatesh
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