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From: "vrnparker" <vrnparker@...

Date: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:02 am
Subject: Vedic Date of Adi Shankara (3 April 509 BCE)

Date of Adi Shankara (3 April 509 BCE) Approx 1300 Years earlier than
the mainstream academia's date.

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, Sarasvati Nadi Shodh Prakalp, ABISY

A seminar was held in Mumbai by the Yojana on October 20 and 21, 2002
on the dates of Adi Shankara, Gautama Buddha and Acarya Canakya. There
was unanimity among the scholars on the date of Adi Shankara. This was
endorsed in a historic public event held in Mumbai on Jan. 20, 2003 in
the august presence of Sri Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Shankara Math,
Sri Ananda Swaroop of Dwaraka Matha and representatives from Puri and
Goverdhan Mathas.

The seminar proceedings including an essay by the late Sri

Chandrasekhara Saraswati of Kanchi Shankara Matha was brought out by
Veda Shastra Pandita Raksha Sabha, Mumbai (Sri V. Shanker of South
Indian Educational Society).

The date of 3 April 509 BCE was validated by the tradition of the
Guruparampara of Kanchi, Dwaraka and Puri Shankara Peethams.
Epigraphical evidence of King Sudhanva, a contemporary of Adi Shankara
and textual evidences were cited which confirmed the date. The
Mandukya Upanishad bhashya of Adi Shankara refers to the circulation
of kaarshaapana (kaarshaapana has four component units unlike the four
paadas of a cow), this reference to kaarshaapana establishes the date
of Adi Shankara as 6th century BCE until which period the currency was
in vogue. The use of planetarium software to determine the kundalini
at the time of birth of Adi Shankara based on the text available in
Brihat Shankara Vijaya and Punya Loka Manjari also establishes that on
3 April 509 BCE Adi Shankara was born in Nandanan year, Vis'akha
month, Panchami tithi, Aadra Nakshatra, Karkataka lagna. The skymaps
produced on Planetarium Software reveal Jupiter and Ketu are in
vrs'cika (Scorpio); Mars in Dhanus (Sagittarius); Saturn is in Meena
(Pisces); Sun and Mercury are in Mesha (Aries); Venus and Raghu are in
Vr.shabha (Taurus); Moon is in Mithuna (Gemini). Thus the continuous
lineage and paramparaa of four Shankara Peethams of the four corners
of the country are consistent with the textual date of the birth of
Adi Shankara.

The seminar in Mumbai adopted a resolution that the Adi Shankara

Jayanthi Day should be celebrated all over the world on Vis'akha
panchami day. This year (2005) is the 2514th Jayanthi of Adi Shankara

This determination will necessitate a further review of the dates of

Gautama Buddha, Kalidasa and Acarya Canakya in the overall chronology
of ancient Bharatiya Itihaas and the evolution of Hindu thought in the
country in many facets of spiritual and temporal endeavours.

[Source: Bharatiya Bouddhik Sampada A Quarterly Science Research

Journal for exploration of Indian intellectual capital, 23rd issue,
May 2005, Yugabda 5106, ddeepdesh@r... Page 12].