[Advaita-l] Speaking Tree article on Sankara

Sharada Das sharadadasu at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 01:42:43 EST 2019

Read the below article. Can anyone confirm if the content is authentic ?


On Sat 12 Jan, 2019, 8:32 AM V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org wrote:

> This post is a citation of the preface to a book in Kannada by
> Mahamahopadhyaya (late) Sri Ranganatha Sharma in Kannada. He has cited
> verses from Harivamsha, etc. to show that if people, owing to ignorance or
> ill-disposition, think Shiva is someone lesser than Vishnu, the cited
> verses dispel such an attitude. One verse, from Harivamsha he has cited is:
> भास्वत्त्रिपुण्ड्रो भसितैः सितः सन्
> मौनी जटी वल्कलवान् मुकुन्दः |
> निरन्तरं चेतसि चन्द्रचूडं
> विचिन्तयन् पञ्च जजाप वर्णान् || [Reference not given]
> [Mukunda, donning the tripundra with bhasma, bright, observing mauna, with
> matted hair and clad in bark dress, incessantly thinking of Chandrachuda in
> his mind, chanted the panchAkshari - namaH shivaaya.]
> Readers may share the images with their Kannada-knowing friends.
> He has also cited a verse from the Lingapurana:
> सूत उवाच।।
> एवं स्तुत्वा महादेवं दंडवत्प्रणिपत्य च।। [alt: कृत्वा पाशुपतं व्रतम्]
> जजाप रुद्रं भगवान्कोटिवारं जले स्थितः।। ७१.९८ ।।
> Lord Vishnu, having saluted and praised Rudra, prostrated to him by
> completely laying his body to the ground. Vishnu stood in water and chanted
> the Sri Rudra japa a crore times. This reminds us of a Vaidika Shiva Bhakta
> of the Tamil land, named ‘Rudra Pasupathi Naayanar’ :
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudra_Pasupathi_Nayanar
> <
> https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FRudra_Pasupathi_Nayanar%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR39Av5ROcf7eIPDPgQ9TVRZLWefwNmCbfVr_VojS16uWdzZt1oV96sz5Qs&h=AT3-KaCQ41nWV0i-aHXwICHTcn_xqGRPgtt83rV6DQpE0W7rMK6JUCeRX1oltkau9bVC6MzC9_bThR9E89TxOxgRSz_uYsj4e5s5TK27UcfXGkALmsWnnFpBetlxNZ0FTIY4P_3AEwnLVovSCEgHbIuhy1nL05VA
> >
> and
> a A short Tamil documentary on Sri Rudra Pasupathy Nayanar:
> https://youtu.be/LbIIiSp11xk
> <
> https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FLbIIiSp11xk%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0nsW9m4CYoDvNhd4OcKUiZrNu9WBn3e5SPmMDklbzsYR7AdPY8i0EH5GM&h=AT3cod7mz7ZqRmZjZLokDE_9_0rmDdqI4hxSWmFwYFxcekL7IxPNfC73KCgqTL6FtmRZtJqksHFmEL0W2pN1Kkhte2eidliccJtAdctLhEYDjBcBJwZqH6JC0coAJCsDZNJWjQFeQynTH6YhNuNART3BlZ4DhNm1
> >What
> is astounding is that Lord Vishnu adopted the same method of chanting the
> Sri Rudram (Shatarudriyam of the Krishna Yajur Veda which is extremely
> popular among smarta-s alone) in praise of Shiva alone ] by standing in the
> water just as the Tamil Vaidika Saint who has attained immortality both
> ways: in his own life and in the Tamil History called Periya Puranam.
> See this post too:
> https://adbhutam.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/shiva-is-narayana-for-narayana/
> The preface of MM Sri Ranganatha Sharma was for a book on the Shiva Sahasra
> Nama of the Mahabharata which was translated by another eminent scholar of
> Advaita Sri Sheshachala Sharma who taught in the Govt. Jayachamarajendra
> Sanskrit College, Bengaluru.  This was translated to English and published
> by the Chinmaya Mission:
> https://www.exoticindiaart.com/book/details/sivasahasranama-stotra-ratnam-NAK496/
> One can read the preface in the above link in English.  The book, in
> English can be purchased by visiting the above link.
> The Harivamsha verse cited above is not to be found in the extant editions
> of the Harivamsha on the internet. Those that are not on the internet have
> not been searched. It is to be noted that the BORI when preparing the
> critical edition of the Harivamsha has said that it has examined not less
> than 36 manuscripts.  That shows that there have been countless manuscripts
> in vogue in the ancient times.
> Those desirous of reading the preface of MM Sri Ranganatha Sharma in his
> original Kannada may visit:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/vedaonline/permalink/2210251862577746/
> regards
> subbu
>  Om Tat Sat
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