Adi Guru Shankaracharya was a devotee at heart

Adiguru Shankaracharya is considered to be most prominent Philosopher of India. See this quotation from Wikipedia:

 Because of his unification of two seemingly disparate philosophical doctrines, Atman and Brahman, Westerners who know about him perceive him as the “St. Thomas Aquinas of Indian thought” and “the most brilliant personality in the history of Indian thought.”

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Kripaluji states in his lecture 23 of series Bramh, Jeev and Maya that Shankara became a devotee of Krishna and he motivated his mother as well as other disciples for the same. Kripaluji has beautifully pointed towards contradictions in the principles of Shankaracharya by taking Vedic-hymns as references. In his opinion, Shankara as the avatara of lord Shiva came to re-establish Vedic Dharma because Buddhism(Buddhavtara was against the sacrifice, rituals and meat-eating in Bramhins; which established Ahimsa as highest Truth and rejected Vedas altogether) was becoming prevalent in that time. Kripaluji has quoted Shloka 107 of 70th chapter of Padma Purana, in which lord Vishnu(Krishna) orders lord Shiva to incarnate in Kaliyuga to make people deluded by ‘imaginary principles,’ in order to sustan creation which would otherwise dwindle because of the devoted Bhaktas who have Vairagya.

Shankaracharya did travel to create many idols across the India which seems puzzling for a Jnana-Yogi but not for a devotee! 

भज गोविन्दम् (मूल संस्कृत)

भज गोविन्दम् (हिंदी भावानुवाद)

Bhaja Govindam (English)

भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं,गोविन्दं भज मूढ़मते।संप्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले,न हि न हि रक्षति डुकृञ् करणे ॥१॥

भजगोविन्दं भजगोविन्दं,
गोविन्दं भजमूढमते।
नहि पश्यामो भवतरणे ॥३३॥
गोविंद को भजो, गोविन्द का नाम लो, गोविन्द से प्रेम करो क्योंकि भगवान के नाम जप के अतिरिक्त इस भव-सागर से पार जाने का अन्य कोई मार्ग नहीं है ॥३३॥ O deluded minded friend, chant Govinda, worship Govinda, love Govinda as there is no other way to cross the life’s ocean except lovingly remembering the holy names of God. ॥33॥

These are from Shankaracharya’s work Bhajgovindam. 

हे मोह से ग्रसित बुद्धि वाले मित्र, गोविंद को भजो, गोविन्द का नाम लो, गोविन्द से प्रेम करो क्योंकि मृत्यु के समय व्याकरण के नियम याद रखने से आपकी रक्षा नहीं हो सकती है ॥१॥

O deluded minded friend, chant Govinda, worship Govinda, love Govinda as memorizing the rules of grammar cannot save one at the time of death. ॥1॥


2 thoughts on “Adi Guru Shankaracharya was a devotee at heart

  1. The only criterion for a great Guru is that he is capable of giving at least some 'experience' of inner light and bliss during the initiation ,he lives on his own hard earned money and he is one with God, that is he is not somewhere halfway through—must have completed his journey towards God.


  2. who is guru? how guru helps? in the way of siddhas

    The meaning of the word deekshai is initiation. When a human does become a real
    human being? If one gets father and mother is not human being!

    Only when he gets guru he is human! With human body, he obtains maturity in the mind, becomes a real human only after getting a gnana guru.


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