#Jagadguru #Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji: It is our foremost duty to revere and be grateful to Sri #AdiShankara #Bhagavatpada


#Jagadguru #Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji: It is our foremost duty to revere and be grateful to Sri #AdiShankara #Bhagavatpada for all the welfare he has brought upon us, whatever we do by way of expressing gratitude would not be adequate.

The Ashtottara Shatanama describes beautifully various facets of Sri #AdiShankaracharya. The Ashtottara states that Sri Adi Shankaracharya is truly an incarnation of Lord Shankara bringing about the welfare of the world – “साक्षात् शंकररूपधृते नमः”. The purpose of the incarnation too is mentioned in the nama-s, “अद्वैतस्थापनाचार्याय नमः” – to establish the Upanishadic philosophy of Advaita, “दुर्वादिमतखन्डनाय नमः” – to dispel the incorrect interpretations put forth by other schools of thought. In His #Brahmasutra Bhashya, Bhagavatpada states that the tenets of such schools cannot stand the test of logical reason and being so weak, give way just as a well constructed with sand walls would cave in – “सिकताकूपवद्विदीर्यत एव ; न काञ्चिदप्यत्रोपपत्तिं पश्यामः”.
Another nama in the Ashtottara states that He incarnated to throw light on what is “Paramartha” – the Absolute Eternal Reality – “परमार्थप्रकाशकाय नमः”.

It was HE who resuscitated the Sannsaya Ashrama, also called Parivraajaka Ashrama – “परिव्राजाश्रमोधर्त्रे नमः”. As per Sanatana Dharma, moving towards renunciation, and striving for the Truth is the summum bonum of human life. At a time when people lacked faith even in the performance of Sandhyavandanam, let alone embracing the fourth Ashrama of Sannyasa (न सन्ध्यादीनि कर्माणि न्यासं वा कदाचन), Sri Adi Shankaracharya ensured that the fourth Ashrama of Sannyasa secures its due place in society and laid down the path to take for those fit for renunciation.

HE is compared to the Sun who dispels the darkness of ignorance – “अज्ञानतिमिरादित्याय नमः” and to the moon that rises on the ocean of divine knowledge – “सुज्ञानाम्बुधिचन्द्रमसे नमः”.

The nama – “भक्ताभीष्टप्रदायकाय नमः” – points out that Sri Adi Shankaracharya out of His unbounded compassion graces devotees and fulfils all their desires. The nama – “वैराग्यनिरताय नमः” indicates that Sri Adi Shankaracharya was an epitome of dispassion. He was even prepared to sacrifice Himself for the sake of the Kaapalika who wished to cut off His head to obtain heavenly bliss.

Sri Adi Shankaracharya by dint of His teachings carries the seeker across the ocean of Samsara – “संसारार्णवतारकाय नमः”.

Sri Adi Shankaracharya’s contributions are beautifully described in various nama-s such as
“श्रीब्रह्मसूत्रोपनिषद्-भाष्यादि-ग्रन्थकल्पकाय नमः”- the one who penned masterful texts such as the Brahma Sutra Bhashya, ‘“चतुर्दिक्चतुराम्नायप्रतिष्ठात्रे नमः” – the one who established the four Amnaya Peethams along the four directions at Puri, Sringeri, Dwaraka and Badari, “द्विसप्ततिमतोच्छेत्रे नमः” – the one who uprooted 72 opposing schools of thought, “सर्वदिग्विजयप्रभवे नमः” – the one who emerged victorious in philosophic debates everywhere and established the #Vedanta Siddhanta.

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