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Jagadguru
 
Sri
 
Adi
 
Shankara
 
Bhagavatpada
 
[Shankara
 
Vijayams]
 
Jaya
 
Jaya
 
Shankara
 
Hara
 
Hara
 
Shankara.
 
Sri
 
Shankara
 
Vijayams
 
sadASiva
 
samArambhAm.
 
SankarAcArya
 
madhyamAm.
 
AsmadAcArya
 
paryantAm.
 
vande
 
guru
 
paramparAm.
 
||
 
1.
 
Sri
 
Sankara's
 
life
 
and
 
teachings
 
have
 
been
 
written
 
by
 
various
 
people
 
under
 
the
 
title
 
Sri
 
Sankara
 
Vijayam.
 
There
 
are
 
several
 
versions,
 
by
 
Anandagiri,
 
Madhva
 
Vidyaranyar
 
and
 
others.
 
There
 
is
 
also
 
one
 
book
 
in
 
Malayalam
 
called
 
Keraliya
 
Sankara
 
Vijayam.
 
Sri
 
P.
 
Seshadri
 
Iyer's
 
Sri
 
Sankara
 
Charitram
 
in
 
Malayalam
 
is
 
the
 
most
 
authentic
 
one.
 
Sri
 
Seshadri
 
Iyer
 
was
 
a
 
direct
 
disciple
 
of 
 
Swami
 
Brahmananda,
 
the
 
first
 
disciple
 
of 
 
Sri
 
Ramakrishna.
 
Sri
 
Iyer
 
knew
 
27
 
languages
 
and
 
he
 
learnt
 
Bengali
 
to
 
read
 
Sri
 
Ramakrishna's
 
life
 
in
 
Bengali
 
original!
 
Sri
 
P.
 
Seshadri
 
Iyer
 
has
 
gone
 
through
 
all
 
Sankara
 
Vijayams
 
right
 
from
 
Anandagiri
 
and
 
Madhva
 
Vidyaranya
 
and
 
wrote
 
his
 
book.
 
Sri
 
Iyer
 
says
 
that
 
Sri
 
Sankara
 
had
 
come
 
with
 
a
 
school,
 
broom
 
stick,
 
called
 
discrimination
 
and
 
a
 
muram,
 
a
 
plate
 
to
 
collect
 
and
 
remove
 
all
 
the
 
bogus
 
philosophies
 
of 
 
72
 
religions
 
that
 
were
 
in
 
vogue
 
in
 
India.
 
His
 
famous
 
saying
 
is:
 
Truth
 
can
 
only
 
propagate
 
you.
 
You
 
cannot
 
propagate
 
the
 
Truth.
 
Unless
 
a
 
learned
 
becomes
 
a
 
Brahma
 
Jnani,
 
a
 
man
 
living
 
in
 
Truth,
 
he
 
cannot
 
find
 
the
 
inadequacies
 
of 
 
other
 
philosophies
 
and
 
religions.
 
With
 
that
 
Truth
 
in
 
the
 
Heart,
 
a
 
Jnani
 
can
 
propagate
 
to
 
the
 
world.
 
2.
 
Aryambika
 
and
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
were
 
Sri
 
Sankara's
 
parents.
 
They
 
were
 
quite
 
poor
 
and
 
great
 
devotees
 
of 
 
both
 
Vishnu
 
and
 
Siva.
 
They
 
had
 
no
 
issues.
 
They
 
wanted
 
a
 
child.
 
They
 
were
 
on
 
a
 
pilgrimage
 
to
 
the
 
temple
 
of 
 
Vadkkanathar
 
in
 
Kerala.
 
Vadakkanathar
 
is
 
Siva.
 
The
 
original
 
Tamil
 
Name
 
is
 
Idabak
 
kunru
 
Nathar.
 
There
 
was
 
no
 
Malayalam
 
in
 
those
 
centuries.
 
Idabam
 
is
 
Rishabam.
 
Kunru
 
is
 
Hill.
 
Nathar
 
is
 
God.
 
There
 
was
 
a
 
hill
 
in
 
the
 
shape
 
of 
 
a
 
bull
 
and
 
on
 
Siva's
 
temple
 
was
 
on
 
top.
 
In
 
the
 
temple,
 
Siva
 
came
 
in
 
dream
 
of 
 
both
 
and
 
asked:
 
"Do
 
you
 
want
 
a
 
child
 
who
 
would
 
live
 
for
 
100
 
years
 
but
 
absolute
 
dunce
 
or
 
a
 
child
 
who
 
would
 
live
 
only
 
for
 
16
 
years,
 
but
 
a
 
great
 
Brahma
 
Jnani?"
 
The
 
parents
 
opted
 
for
 
a
 
Jnani.
 
Soon
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
found
 
one
 
day
 
in
 
his
 
meditation,
 
that
 
a
 
light
 
appared
 
in
 
his
 
Heart
 
and
 
then
 
travelled
 
to
 
Aryambika's
 
stomach.
 
She
 
became
 
pregnant
 
soon
 
after,
 
without
 
union
 
between
 
the
 
two.
 
It
 
is
 
Swarupa
 
Karbham
 
travelling
 
to
 
Udhara
 
Karbham.
 
Sri
 
Sankara
 
thus
 
became
 
an
 
immaculate
 
conception.
 
He
 
is
 
Siva
 
reincarnated.
 
Siva,
 
the
 
achalam,
 
became
 
an
 
ever
moving
 
Siva
 
in
 
Sri
 
Sankara's
 
avatar.
 
Sri
 
Sankara
 
travelled
 
from
 
south
 
to
 
north,
 
two
 
times
 
in
 
his
 
32
 
years
 
of 
 
life,
 
established
 
four
 
Maths
 
and
 
rose
 
to
 
the
 
Sarvajna
 
Peetam,
 
the
 
Seat
 
of 
 
Absolute
Knowledge
 
in
 
Kanchipuram,
 
which
 
became
 
his
 
fitth
 
Math.
 
He
 
wrote
 
commentaries
 
for
 
all
 
major
 
Upanishads
 
and
 
the
 
eleventh
 
Upanishad
 
called
 
Svetasvatara
 
Upanishad.
 
He
 
wrote
 
commentaries
 
for
 
Brahma
 
Sutram
 
and
 
Sri
 
Vishnu
 
Sahasranamam.
 
He
 
wrote
 
original
 
works
 
like
 
Vivekachoodamani
 
and
 
Sri
 
Dakshinamurthy
 
Stotram
 
and
 
Atma
 
Bodham.
 
He
 
composed
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
devotional
 
verses.
 
He
 
wrote
 
the
 
all
 
imporant
 
Sri
 
Soundarya
 
Lahari,
 
the
 
pinnacle
 
of 
 
mantra
sastra.
 
It
 
is
 
noteworthy
 
to
 
see
 
that
 
Bhagavan
 
Ramana's
 
father
 
is
 
Sundaram
 
Iyer,
 
Siva
 
is
 
Sundaram
 
and
 
his
 
mother
 
is
 
Azhagamma,
 
a
 
pure
 
Tamil
 
word
 
for
 
Aryambika!
 
3.
 
This
 
great
 
Jnani,
 
after
 
Buddha
 
and
 
Jesus
 
Christ
 
was
 
born
 
on
 
a
 
Baisaki
 
month,
 
Sukla
 
Paksha,
 
Panchami,
 
in
 
Ardra
 
star.
 
The
 
moon's
 
place
 
was
 
Cancer,
 
Karkataka
 
and
 
the
 
Lagna,
 
the
 
actual
 
time
 
of 
 
birth
 
(Lagna)
 
was
 
in
 
Mesha,
 
Aries.
 
Before
 
delivering
 
the
 
child,
 
Aryambika
 
had
 
 
 
Jagadguru
 
Sri
 
Adi
 
Shankara
 
Bhagavatpada
 
[Shankara
 
Vijayams]
 
Jaya
 
Jaya
 
Shankara
 
Hara
 
Hara
 
Shankara.
 
vision
 
of 
 
Siva
 
with
 
his
 
retinue
 
coming
 
down
 
to
 
Kaladi
 
and
 
Narayana
 
smiling
 
with
 
his
 
disc
 
and
 
conchshell.
 
Bhagavan
 
Ramana
 
was
 
born
 
on
 
30/31
 
December
 
1880,
 
on
 
a
 
Purnima,
 
full
 
moon
 
day,
 
at
 
around
 
1
 
am.
 
The
 
star
 
was
 
Punarvasu,
 
with
 
moon
 
in
 
Gemini,
 
Mithuna
 
and
 
the
 
actual
 
time
 
of 
 
birth
 
was
 
in
 
Tula
 
(Lagnam)
 
Libra.
 
As
 
soon
 
as
 
Bhagavan
 
was
 
born,
 
the
 
visually
 
handicapped
 
midwife
 
saw
 
a
 
bright
 
light
 
and
 
she
 
exclaimed:
 
An
 
avatar!
 
An
 
avatar!
 
An
 
avatar
 
is
 
born.
 
Both
 
these
 
great
 
Brahma
 
Jnanis
 
were
 
born
 
out
 
of 
 
prayer
 
by
 
millions
 
who
 
were
 
incognito,
 
and
 
as
 
a
 
divine
 
blessing,
 
not
 
as
 
a
 
curse
 
for
 
humanity!
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
named
 
his
 
son
 
as
 
Sankara,
 
the
 
one
 
who
 
is
 
the
 
embodiment
 
of 
 
human
 
welfare.
 
Bhagavan
 
was
 
named
 
as
 
Venkataraman.
 
Both
 
were
 
born
 
with
 
purna
 jnana,
 
the
 
full
 
Wisdom,
 
like
 
a
 
tulsi
 
plant
 
which
 
gives
 
fragrance
 
right
 
from
 
the
 
day
 
it
 
appears
 
on
 
the
 
field.
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
used
 
to
 
take
 
the
 
little
 
child
 
to
 
the
 
Siva
 
temple
 
nearby
 
everyday.
 
He
 
used
 
to
 
offer
 
milk
 
to
 
Devi,
 
and
 
then
 
take
 
it
 
as
 
Prasad
 
and
 
give
 
a
 
portion
 
to
 
Sankara.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
famous
 
Katyayani
 
Temple,
 
near
 
Kaladi.
 
Once
 
when
 
Sivaguru
 
was
 
away,
 
Sankara
 
who
 
was
 
at
 
the
 
time
 
four
 
years,
 
old,
 
was
 
asked
 
to
 
go
 
and
 
submit
 
milk
 
to
 
Devi.
 
That
 
day,
 
Devi
 
took
 
it
 
and
 
emptied
 
the
 
vessel.
 
The
 
child
 
started
 
weeping
 
and
 
Devi
 
gave
 
him
 
milk
 
from
 
her
 
breasts.
 
Years
 
later
 
Sankara
 
mentions
 
this
 
in
 
Sri
 
Soundarya
 
Lahari.
 
Saint
 
Tiru
 
Jnana
 
Sambandha
 
also
 
had
 
this
 
experience
 
in
 
Seerkazhi.
 
He
 
was
 
given
 
breast
 
milk
 
by
 
Devi,
 
when
 
he
 
cried
 
near
 
the
 
temple
 
tank
 
in
 
Seerkazhi.
 
No
 
wonder,
 
Kavyakanta
 
Ganapati
 
calls
 
Bhagavan
 
Ramana
 
as
 
an
 
avatar
 
of 
 
Skanda
 
and
 
Tiru
 
Jnana
 
Sambandha.
 
Before
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
could
 
complete
 
Upakarma
 
(the
 
Sacred
 
Thread
 
Ceremony
 
for
 
the
 
Brahmin
 
boys),
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
had
 
to
 
leave
 
the
 
world.
 
This
 
was
 
before
 
Sankara
 
could
 
complete
 
four
 
years
 
of 
 
age.
 
One
 
day,
 
the
 
father
 
called
 
his
 
son
 
and
 
told
 
him
 
the
 
concept
 
of 
 
Brahman
 
and
 
Brahma
 
Jnana.
 
One
 
day
 
Sankara
 
asked
 
his
 
father:
 
"Father,
 
when
 
the
 
life
 
leaves
 
the
 
body,
 
the
 
life
 
is
 
said
 
to
 
go
 
to
 
Devayana,
 
astral
 
path
 
of 
 
angels.
 
Is
 
it
 
not
 
the
 
body,
 
which
 
is
 
ofcouse
 
burnt?"
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
replied:
 
"Before
 
the
 
life
 
leaves
 
the
 
body,
 
it
 
merges
 
with
 
Brahman
 
and
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
Devayana
 
for
 
that,
 
there
 
is
 
only
 
Moksha.
 
Such
 
merger
 
of 
 
the
 
soul
 
with
 
Brahman
 
is
 
called
 
Atma
 
Anubhuti."
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
said:
 
There
 
is
 
no
 
concept
 
of 
 
time
 
in
 
Jnana.
 
Time
 
is
 
insubstantial.
 
A
 
Jnani
 
does
 
not
 
believe
 
in
 
time,
 
there
 
is
 
no
 
past
 
and
 
future
 
for
 
him.
 
He
 
is
 
always
 
in
 
the
 
Now.
 
Sankara
 
listened
 
to
 
this
 
great
 
upadesa.
 
(That
 
is
 
why,
 
I
 
think,
 
Indians
 
are
 
not
 
punctual
 
habitually.
 
They
 
have
 
no
 
regard
 
for
 
time.)
 
4.
 
For
 
great
 
bhaktas
 
or
 
Jnanis,
 
it
 
is
 
the
 
female
 
principle
 
which
 
confers
 
the
 
Grace
 
first,
 
so
 
that
 
they
 
could
 
merge
 
with
 
the
 
male
 
principle.
 
In
 
Hindu
 
tradition,
 
it
 
is
 
the
 
mother,
 
Devi
 
or
 
Unnamulai
 
who
 
showers
 
the
 
Grace
 
first
 
for
 
spiritual
 
advancement.
 
For
 
Sankara,
 
it
 
was
 
Katyayani
 
in
 
Kaladi.
 
For
 
Bhagavan
 
Ramana,
 
it
 
was
 
first
 
Mother
 
Sahayavalli
 
in
 
Tiruchuzhi,
 
later
 
Meenakshi
 
in
 
Madurai.
 
Soon,
 
Siva
 
Guru
 
passed
 
away
 
peacefully.
 
His
 
Jiva
 
merged
 
with
 
Sivam.
 
There
 
was
 
a
 
lot
 
of 
 
weeping
 
and
 
misery
 
in
 
the
 
family.
 
Soon,
 
the
 
relatives
 
of 
 
Aryambika
 
conducted
 
the
 
Upakarma
 
for
 
Sankara.
 
He
 
went
 
to
 
the
 
Vedapatasala
 
nearby.
 
His
 
genius
 
baffled
 
the
 
pandits.
 
He
 
knew
 
everything
 
already.
 
It
 
was
 
only
 
a
 
repetition
 
for
 
him.
 
Bhagavan
 
when
 
He
 
heard
 
Vivekachoodamani
 
and
 
Adhyatma
 
Ramayana,
 
He
 
found
 
His
 
experience
 
matching
 
with
 
the
 
truth
 
 
 
Jagadguru
 
Sri
 
Adi
 
Shankara
 
Bhagavatpada
 
[Shankara
 
Vijayams]
 
Jaya
 
Jaya
 
Shankara
 
Hara
 
Hara
 
Shankara.
 
of 
 
thesse
 
books.
 
Sankara
 
completed
 
all
 
the
 
Vedic
 
studies
 
in
 
six
 
months.
 
One
 
day,
 
Sankara
 
went
 
for
 
alms,
 
bhiksha.
 
He
 
requested
 
for
 
bhiksha
 
from
 
a
 
poor
 
brahmin
 
lady,
 
utterly
 
poor.
 
She
 
had
 
nothing
 
at
 
home
 
due
 
to
 
abject
 
poverty.
 
Her
 
husband
 
was
 
away.
 
She
 
gave
 
Sankara,
 
in
 
great
 
shame,
 
an
 
old,
 
over
 
ripe
 
amla
 
fruit.
 
Sankara
 
became
 
tearful
 
and
 
started
 
praying
 
to
 
Mahalakshmi.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
famous
 
Kanakadara
 
Stvam.
 
It
 
starts
 
as
Angam
 
hare
 
pulaga
 
bhooshana....
 
In
 
this,
 
he
 
calls
 
Devi,
 
as
 
the
 
consort
 
of 
 
Naryana
 
on
 
the
 
vehicle
 
of 
 
Garuda,
 
the
 
Vulture,
 
she
 
is
 
also
 
the
 
consort
 
of 
 
Siva,
 
Sakambari,
 
the
 
goddess
 
in
 
all
 
plant
 
kingdom,
 
and
 
wife
 
of 
 
one
 
with
 
crescent
 
moon
 
on
 
his
 
head;
 
she
 
is
 
also
 
Sarasvati.
 
In
 
fact,
 
Sankara
 
saw
 
every
 
goddess
 
and
 
god
 
as
 
One
 
Principle.
 
He
 
was
 
a
 
learned
 
man,
 
a
 
Sarasvati
vallabha,
 
he
 
was
 
in
 
practice
 
a
 
Vaishnava,
 
in
 
meditation
 
a
 
Sakta,
 
Devi
 
worshipper,
 
and
 
in
 
form
 
was
 
Saiva,
 
a
 
Siva
 
devotee.
 
He
 
was
 
in
 
short,
 
a
 
Brahman.
 
The
 
gold
 
coins
 
started
 
raining
 
in
 
that
 
poor
 
lady's
 
house.
 
Even
 
today,
 
that
 
heritage
 
house
 
is
 
called
 
Suvarnathu
 
Illam,
 
a
 
Gold
 
House
 
in
 
Kaladi.
 
The
 
king
 
Rajasekar
 
knew
 
this
 
miracle
 
and
 
immediately
 
rushed
 
to
 
Sankara
 
with
 
bags
 
of 
 
gold,
 
silver
 
and
 
grains
 
as
 
offering
 
and
 
prostrated
 
before
 
the
 
little
 
child
 
and
 
asked
 
him
 
to
 
take
 
them
 
as
 
his
 
humble
 
offerings.
 
Sankara
 
said:
 
What
 
use
 
is
 
this
 
for
 
me?
 
I
 
am
 
a
 
brahmin
 
who
 
cannot
 
keep
 
even
 
more
 
than
 
a
 
day's
 
requirement
 
of 
 
food,
 
at
 
home
 
overnight.
 
Please
 
take
 
them
 
and
 
give
 
them
 
to
 
the
 
poor
 
people.
 
The
 
king
 
withdrew
 
hesitatingly.
 
5.
 
One
 
day,
 
a
 
short
 
stout
 
Sadhu
 
came
 
to
 
Sankara's
 
house.
 
Aryambika
 
gave
 
him
 
food.
 
He
 
found
 
the
 
little
 
child
 
and
 
identified
 
him
 
immediately.
 
He
 
asked
 
him:
 
Who
 
is
 
a
 
Jnani?
 
Who
 
is
 
a
 
Guru?
 
Sankara
 
replied:
 
The
 
one
 
who
 
is
 
an
 
authority
 
in
 
Sastras,
 
Sotrium
 
and
 
also
 
a
 
realized
 
soul,
 
Brahma
 
Nishtam,
 
is
 
a
 
true
 
Jnani.
 
The
 
stout
 
short
 
Sadhu
 
was
 
immediately
 
pleased.
 
He
 
said:
 
You
 
cannot
 
stay
 
here.
 
You
 
have
 
to
 
go
 
to
 
your
 
Guru,
 
who
 
is
 
a
 
Sotrium,
 
Brahma
 
Nishtam.
 
He
 
is
 
waiting
 
for
 
you
 
on
 
the
 
banks
 
of 
 
Narmada
 
river.
 
The
 
sadhu
 
disappeared.
 
He
 
is
 
Agasthya.
 
Sankara
 
knew
 
his
 
mission.
 
But
 
how
 
to
 
leave
 
mother
 
and
 
go?
 
He
 
told
 
his
 
class
mate,
 
one
 
Vishnu,
 
to
 
take
 
care
 
of 
 
his
 
mother,
 
as
 
he
 
had
 
to
 
leave
 
soon.
 
Aryambika
 
became
 
weak
 
and
 
tired,
 
more
 
due
 
to
 
miseries
 
and
 
worries.
 
She
 
could
 
not
 
even
 
go
 
to
 
Poorna
 
river
 
and
 
bathe,
 
which
 
was
 
a
 
little
 
far
 
off.
 
Sankara
 
told
 
his
 
mother:
 
Do
 
not
 
worry.
 
He
 
composed
 
a
 
song
 
praying
 
to
 
Poorna
 
river
 
to
 
change
 
its
 
course
 
and
 
come
 
near
 
the
 
house.
 
The
 
river
 
changed
 
its
 
course
 
and
 
started
 
flowing
 
near
 
the
 
house!
 
Aryambika
 
became
 
very
 
happy
 
but
 
at
 
the
 
same
 
time,
 
knew
 
that
 
his
 
son
 
is
 
extraordinary
 
and
 
is
 
going
 
to
 
leave
 
her
 
soon.
 
Then,
 
the
 
great
 
drama
 
took
 
place.
 
One
 
day,
 
a
 
crocodile
 
caught
 
the
 
legs
 
of 
 
Sankara
 
and
 
Aryambika
 
was
 
crying
 
in
 
anguish.
 
Sankara
 
then
 
told
 
his
 
mother:
 
You
 
permit
 
me
 
to
 
take
 
up
 
Sannyasa.
 
Ascetism
 
is
 
a
 
new
 
birth
 
for
 
a
 
brahmin.
 
Then,
 
the
 
crocodile
 
might
 
leave
 
me.
 
The
 
reluctant
 
mother
 
agreed.
 
Soon
 
the
 
crocodile
 
left
 
the
 
boy.
 
Sankara
 
at
 
that
 
time
 
composed
 
the
 
famous:
 
Sri
 
Lakshmi
 
Nrisimha
 
Karavalamba
 
Stotram....
 
Srimad
 
bayo
 
nidhi
 
nikedana
 
chakrapane...
 
One
 
might
 
get
 
delighted
 
if 
 
one
 
reads
 
this
 
Sloka.
 
Sankara
 
does
 
not
 
merely
 
ask
 
for
 
the
 
release
 
from
 
crocodile,
 
to
 
save
 
his
 
life.
 
Nrisimha
 
is
 
one
 
who
 
comes
 
at
 
any
 
place
 
and
 
at
 
any
 
time,
 
quickly,
 
to
 
help
 
his
 
devotees.
 
Here
 
too,
 
he
 
came
 
and
 
saved
 
Sankara.
 
But
 
what
 
did
 
Sankara
 
really
 
ask
 
from
 
him?
 
He
 
wanted
 
release
 
from
 
the
 
ocean
 
of 
 
Samsara,
 
the
 
worldly
 
life,
 
which
 
is
 
a
 
thick
 
animal
populated
 
 jungle,
 
which
 
is
 
deep
 
well
 
with
 
crocodile,
 
which
 
a
 
home
 
on
 
fire...
 

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