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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 99
« on: October 19, 2009, 02:47:08 PM »
Sri Sankara smiled at Padmapada and then said: "Why are you
talking like this?  Is it all that I had taught you?"  Padmapada
then replied:  "Guru, if you suffer like this and leave the body,
what shall the people say?  They will all say in future, that
the great Sankara had succumbed to a petty black magician.

Padmapada then proceeded with counter-abhichara.  He meditated
on Narasimha and then the illness of Sri Sankara left and Abhinava
Gupta contracted the incurable illness.  He came and prostrated
before Sri Sankara and asked his forgiveness.  Sri Sankara told
him: "I have never kept cudgels against you.  Don't you know
that evil begets evil in life?"

Sri Sankara, Padmapada and others then left for Himalayas.
They had the darsan of Siva in Himalayas.  Sri Sankara then
prayed to Siva and said that it is time that Siva got him back,
into the pure space of Brahman.  He also met Gaudapada there.
Gaudapada is the guru of Sankara's guru Govinda Bhagavadpada,
thus became Sri Sankara's parama-guru.  He prostrated before
Gaudpada.  Gaudpada told him to spend a few days in making
a commentary for his Karika on Maandukya Upanishad.  Sri
Sankara agreed to this and proceeded with this composition.

Gaudpada's Maandukya Karika is the quintessence of Advaita
Vedanta.  This itself is a commentary on Maandukya Upanishad,
which is the summum bonum of Advaita Vedanta.  This contains only 12 slokas and each sloka is a ruby.  The Karika contains
about 200 verses, explaining the Advaita Vedanta as per the
Upanishad.  A few months back, I had written a series of posts
on these.  Membes can go through these to have an idea.

Sri Sankara then bid good bye to his four disciples and asked
them to go back to their respective places for running the Maths.  The four months are Sringeri, Puri, Dwaraka and Kedarnath.
Sri Sankara then merged in pure space and became the one without a second.

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The Sankara Vijayam biographies end with this.  But Sri
Kanchi Kamakoti Math has got some historical records that
Sri Sankara came down to Kanchipuram and ascended the
Sarvajna Peetam, the Seat of All-Knowledge.  Here he composed the famous Dasa Sloki, the last will and testament of Sri
Sankara and then merged in Pure Space.  Sri Kanchi Math is called Moolamnya Math, the source Math, where Sankara after establishment of this Math stayed for a few days.  The lineage was handed over to one of the realized souls there in Kanchipuram to commence the guru lineage.

I shall cover Dasa Sloki, the poem of Ten Verses in a few posts and complete this biography.

Arunachala Siva.