While the Hindu Dharma which originated since lakhs of years went on with unceasing brilliance. At a point in past, with the ascent of Buddhism it reality has fallen at serious risk. Because of the distinctions happened between the religions Hindu Dharma seemed out of track. Adi Guru Shankaracharya is the one who resuscitated the Hindu Dharma which lost its way and position. He showed a great impact on the way of thinking of contemporary Hindu religion. Since his childhood, the great, Adi Shankaracharya preached the summary of all the Vedas to all the people. So, devotees call him Adi Guru (first spiritual master).
Into some History
Shankaracharya who lived only a short lifespan of 32 years. The saying that a flower spreads fragrance as soon as blooming. He read all Hindu Dharma in detail from his childhood itself. Devotees strongly believe that Lord Shiva leaving heaven and incarnated as Adi Shankaracharya on the earth. On the day, Vaisakha Shudda Panchami, he was born on the same birth star Arudra of Lord Shiva. He took birth when the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars were in peak position.
Shankaracharya’s father passed away when he was very young… Aryamamba his mother, took the responsibility to nourish and protect her son. She performed Upanayanam (Sacred Thread ceremony) according to Shastras. Shankaracharya who was a quick learner, had learnt Vedas and Sanskrit at childhood itself.
One day, he happened to go to the house of a very poor lady for alms. As she had nothing to offer, she had only Amla fruit which she kept to break the fast but she donated it to him. She opened the door slightly and gave that gooseberry through the gap. As she is very poor and had just a single sari, she washed it and sat inside the house by wrapping herself with a little bit of material. Little Shankara who felt pity for her poverty sat in front of her home, he composed a hymn Kanakadhara Stotra in praise of Goddess Lakshmi. She was so pleased and showered gooseberries of gold in the house of that poor lady. Since then, the devotees are still chanting the hymn Kanaka Dhara Stotram to please Goddess Lakshmi. With that, his greatness is known.
Thought to turn into a saint at an extremely youthful age, when he asked his mom with respect to that. Even though from the outset, she didn’t acknowledge for that. Afterward, because of some startling occurrences, she acknowledged. Then he said his mother that he will go in search of a Master, promising her that he will appear in front of her when she thinks of him at any time and in any situations.
He left the home. While he was going, on the bank of River Narmada, he saw a cave in which Govinda Bhagavatpada stay. He was the student of great sage Govindapada. He was one of the sons of Suka who the son of sage Vyasa was. Looking at the intelligence of little Shankaracharya. Govinda Bhagavatpada, he taught him Brahma Gangnam, entire Upanishads and 4 Vedas. After Shankara completed his studies. With the permission of his master, he went to Kasi to write the gloss for Brahma Sutras. When he was there, a bachelor called Sadananda became the first student of Shankara. Afterward, many joined as his followers because of his preaching’s and insight.
Wining the world
One day, when standing on the bank of river Ganga, Sage Vyasa came there in disguise of an old aged Brahmin and started discussing on the gloss written by Shankara. They discussed them for 8 days. Understanding that the one who came is Vyasa He pronounced salutation to him and when asked him to say his opinion on those gloss. Vyasa felt happy and appreciated saying that it is only Shankara who found the actual meaning of Brahma Sutras. When he thought to leave that place, then Shankara said that his work was completed and asked Vyasa to make him free from this body. “You should not end up your life so early, you have to fight against evil people” saying so, he ordered to establish Dharma.
Later, Shankara wandered all over the country along with his disciples. Reviving the Hindu religion which is been slightly destroyed due to the spread of Buddhism and communities differences. Discussing with the pundits who are migrating into the other religion. He showcased the motto of non-dualism. During this time, he established four Mathas at Sringeri, Dwaraka, Puri and Badrinath and made them stand as four pillars of Hindu Dharma. He visited several holy places and there he composed many hymns on the Gods. Likewise, he wrote many stotras like Ganesha Pancharatnam Stotram, Bhaja Govindam, Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalamba Stotra, Kanaka Dhara Stotram, Shivananda Lahari and Soundarya Lahari. Shankara lived for 32 years.
He revived the scattered Hindu Dharma. He is the man of the age who defined the culture and traditions of Hindu religion. All the culture followed by the people of Hindu religion now were defined by him at that time.
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