[Advaita-l] Paul Hacker's erroneous view

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 11:37:27 CDT 2016

On Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 7:03 PM, D Gayatri <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > The very comparison by Padmapada arises only because of the fact that he
> > believed that Shankara was Shiva avatara. Otherwise there is no reason to
> > make that comparison for the mere name being Shankara.
> PadmapAda's comparison is in fact differentiating Shankara from Shiva.
> Therefore Padmapada most certainly does not consider Shankara as an
> incarnation of Shiva, because (Adi) Shankara is without bhasma,
> without Uma, without Vinayaka, without snakes etc. PadmapAda's verses
> can be interpreted to have two meanings.

But why at all Padmapada engages in a comparison, even though it is a
contrast, between Shankara his guru and Paramashiva of all gods, who has
nothing to do with Shankaracharya, a vaishnava, according to you and Paul
Hacker? Only if this question is answered there can be any meaning in what
you proceed to conjecture below. A mere name does not demand a



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