Shankaracharya, Master of Vedanta

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    • Poetic english translation:

      I am neither ego nor reason,
      I am neither mind nor thought.
      I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by sight, nor smell ever caught.
      In light and wind I am not found,
      nor yet in earth and sky.
      Consciousness and Joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.
      I have no name, I have no life,
      I breathe no vital air,
      no elements have moulded me,
      no bodily sheath is my lair:
      I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution.
      Consciousness and Joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.
      I cast aside hatred and passion,
      I conquered delusion and greed.
      No touch of pride caressed me,
      so envy never did breed,
      Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire.
      Consciousness and Joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.
      Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
      nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
      I am neither food nor eating, nor yet the eater am I.
      Consciousness and Joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.
      I have no misgiving of death,
      no chasms of race divide me.
      No parent ever called me child,
      no bond of birth ever tied me.
      I am neither disciple nor master,
      I have no kin, no friend.
      Consciousness and Joy am I,
      and merging in Bliss is my end.
      Neither knowable, knowledge,
      nor knower am I, formless is my form,
      I dwell within the senses,
      but they are not my home:
      Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound.
      Consciousness and Joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found.

  • Nirvanashatakam by Shankara

  • Adi Shankara (Malayalam: ആദി ശങ്കരൻ, Devanāgarī: आदि शङ्करः, IAST: Ādi Śaṅkara, pronounced [aːd̪i ɕaŋkərə]) (788 CE - 821 CE?[2]), also known as Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya and Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, was an Indian philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul and Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes. He hailed from Kalady of present day Kerala.

    Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He founded four mathas ("monasteries"), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and the founder of the Shanmata tradition of worship.

    His works in Sanskrit, all of which are extant today, concern themselves with establishing the doctrine of Advaita (Nondualism). He also established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mimamsa school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. Shankara represented his works as elaborating on ideas found in the Upanishads, and he wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic Canon (Brahma Sutra, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavadgita) in support of his thesis. The main opponent in his work is the Mimamsa school of thought, though he also offers some arguments against the views of some other schools like Samkhya and certain schools of Buddhism that he was partly familiar with.

    (from Wikipedia)
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