[Advaita-l] Was Shankaracharya a Vaishnava??
devbab at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 21:34:51 EDT 2020
No, Sri Adi SankarAcaryA was not a Vaishnavite or Shaivite, but a Pure
He is also called "shanmatha-sthApanAcArya ", where in for UpsAna one can
follow can any of the 6 main NAma-RupA of Isvara.
But, He continued from His Guru's sampradAyA which had taken SivA as the
main deity of Worship in all His 4 Peetams. Thus He has provided them each
with One ChandraMouleeswara Lingam, to which they offer their daily puja.
Even that they do for Loka Sangraham and maintain the sampradAya.
On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 4:30 AM P R via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> I have had this question for a long time whether Shankaracharya was a
> I have listed a few reasons for it
> 1. The Geetha Bhashya starts with the mangalacharana as Narayanaha paro
> 2. Geetha Adhyaya 18 Shloka 61
> Ishwara sarva bhutanam hrudeshe arjuna tishtathi
> Here shankaracharya comments as Eshwara eshanasheelaha narayana ityartha
> 3. The 3 amnaya peethas established by him were in vaishnava places viz
> badrinath ,puri,dwaraka. Some people also believed that he had stayed in
> kanchi for a long time which has the shrine of Varadaraja
> 4. During his mother's last days,shankaracharya gave him Krishna mantra
> upadesha and composed bhaja govindam
> 5. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad :- eshate mama atma antaryami amrutaha
> here while commenting shankaracharya has given the mening of antaryami as
> Due to all these points and many more too, I have had this question
> Please throw some light on this
> Dr Pradyumna R
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