[Advaita-l] Excerpts from Sri Sankara Digvijaya - 13

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 15 00:15:26 EST 2018

 (Continued from previous post)
The four Amnaya Mutts
Shankara consolidated his work by establishing in the four directions, four Mutts called Amnaya Mutts to sustain and
foster the sacred tradition of Sanatana Dharma. Keeping in mind that the Mutts should serve as places of spiritual wisdom
and peace for all seekers of the Truth, Sri Shankara chose spots bountiful with natural splendour and serenity.
Sri Shankara chose Puri in the East and Dwaraka in the West, both being located on the shores of the sea. The Acharya
also chose Badrinath in the North and Sringeri in the South for the natural aura that these places had, owing to the
towering scenic mountains and at both places.
Sri Shankara assigned one Veda for each of the Mutts, signifying that each Mutt would play a significant role in taking
efforts to sustain and propagate that particular Veda. Thus Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharvana Veda were assigned to Puri,
Sringeri, Dwaraka and Badrinath Mutts respectively. Sri Shankara also nominated his four chief disciples, one to each of
these Mutts. He assigned Sureshwara to Sringeri, Padmapada to Dwaraka, Hastamalaka to Puri and Totaka to Badri.
That all these Mutts function to this day shows the vigour of the movement started by Shankara for the propagation of
Advaita Vedanta and Sanatana Dharma as a whole.
(To be Continued)

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