Shankaracharya ‘Demon’, Madhwa Text. Sringeri Acharya on Advaita

I regret that I have to write on this. When people fail to understand the interpretation of Mahavakyas, result is Bigotry. I was barred from Madhwa FB group because I shared Siva Stuthi by Krishna. Unless people read All the Acharyas and understand Vedas, there is no point in professing Spiritually.I am by faith an Advaitin, deeply involved in Sri Vaishnavam,Andal occupies the centre spot in my Pooja room and I worship Sri. Raghavendra,despite some people suggesting that he spoke ill of my Acharya Adi Shankaracharya . As I follow Adi Shankaracharya,who propagated Ekam Sath and Abheda Vada, I do not hold any ill will towards other Acharyas.

Harihara . Siva and Vishnu in one Form.

Sringeri Jagadguru on Advaita and Dwaita.
On Siva and Vishnu.

The text maNi manjari is a very important text for the Madhwas as it is written by nArAyana panDitAcharya who was son of Trivikrama panditacharya, a direct disciple of Madhwa himself. He is also the author of authentic biography of madhwa called Sumadhwavijaya.

The views given below are for Sankara, his lineage, his philosophy as well as his disciples like padmapAda.

Chapter 6

Kali and other demons (the enemies of Devatas) were very happy to hear the plan of Dvpara (formerely Sakuni) and honoured Maniman with zeal and spoke to him thus.

‘O brother, salutations to you; take birth on earth and destroy the Vedas, puranas and other scriptures completely soon’.

Being inspired or ordered in this way by Kali, Dvapara and other demons, Maniman made up his mind to be born on earth although he had fear of Bhimasena.

When the mind is spoiled, some people will be fickle minded and they will readily accept our Mithyavada philosophy; those not influenced by us, will neglect it; and only some people will try to refute the theory.

After studying the Vedas, he went on a journey in the northern direction and while he was crossing the river, he (Sankara) lost his sacred thread – Yajnopavita – but he continued his journey.

Sankara said – ‘O, Sacred cord, you are leaving me; note that I have forsaken you earlier; of what use are you to me; who does not perform Vedic karmas (actions)’ So saying, he went away quickly.

The highly learned sage, Paratirtha observed the demonic signs on the bachelor without sutra (sacred cord) and bent his head in disgust, and went away after sipping water thrice as penance for having seen such a wicked persons. …

Sankara made out that the sage was aware of the demonic features in him, and hence he went to Badari after crossing river Godavari (Vrdha Ganga). There, he met a disciple of Paratirtha, by name Satyaprajnya) and told as follows:

‘I am the disciple of your master (Paratirtha) and I have come here on his permission’, but he did not trust his words.

Satyaprajna found out at once that the bachelor was vile, devoid of all good qualities like devotion, detachment from worldly passions and in utter disgust, he abandoned him.

Having experience in his previous birth (as Maniman) and due to strong memory in this birth, Sankara meditated on Brahman as attributeless and with identity of souls (which amounts to Sunya tattva of Buddhism).

Once, the demons (Dvapara and others) approached him during a night and respected him and said ‘Sankaracharya, you are our solace’.

‘O pure minded padatalotyaja (ie. A person born in Kaladi village) we wish you happiness and prosperity. We think of you in full confidence, as our agent in our task of destroying the Vedas’.

‘We will enter the minds of the astikas (who have belief in Veda in form and make them helpful to you and love you. You start assassination the character of Vishnu by citing Vedas of wrong interpretation). So saying the demons went away. (Thus the teachings of Asuras from Stanza 24 to 39).

Govinda Bhatta readily accepted him as his disciple. Sankara told him ‘We shall preach Sunyavada (Buddhism) in the guise of Vedanta or otherwise, the people will abuse us as Non Vaidikas. As such, I will study Brahmasutras under Brahmadatta (a sannyasi) to know the meaning and significance of the same’.

The deceitful Sankara spread Buddhism only in the garb of Brahmasutras; he substituted the words ‘Sunya‘ and ‘Samvriti‘ (of Buddhism) respectively by words ‘Brahma’ and ‘avidya‘ (of Vedanta), the characteristics being the same.

Five wicked persons by name Totaka, Padmapada, Jnanothama, Bijada became disciples of the deceit Sankara.

Notes: They were wicked because they destroyed the minds of even the saintly persons by their perverted teachings.

When his death was approaching, Sankara was suffering from veneral diseases, fever and deep breath. His voice became very feeble.

The deceitful disciples, who were the enemies of Vedas, went to their dying master hastily and asked ‘revered master, what we have to do now?’

Sankara told them ‘O Great Demons, I have almost done my duty; but the disciples of the Great Paratirtha have to be destroyed.’

So saying to the Great Demons, who were capable of executing the instructions, Sankara called four other intelligent demons and told the following:

‘You go to Beejada and ask him what are the difficulties and sorrows I have to face in my future births’. They went in all the ten directions and came back to him.

One response to “Shankaracharya ‘Demon’, Madhwa Text. Sringeri Acharya on Advaita”

  1. What is the purpose of your reproducing the Mani Manjari on Shankaracharya here in your blog? What message are you conveying to your readers? Are you not affirming the validity of those abuses by putting them here on your blog? Shame.


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