Sankara sought out leaders of other schools, in order to engage them in debate
May 14, 2006 08:24 AM
by M. Sufilight
My views are:
"Members of dependency-oriented cultures consequently find themselves vastly
preoccupied by the search for comfort and reassurance, which they don't NEED,
they are just used to it."
(written by Idries Shah)
Blavatsky wrote about the ancient initiate Adi Shankara also known as Shankaracharya.
I quote Bloavatsky from The Secret Doctrine Vol. I, page 271-2:
"Sri Sankaracharya, the greatest Initiate living in the historical ages, wrote many a Bhashya on the Upanishads."
"This sect, founded by Sankaracharya, (which is still very powerful in Southern India) is now almost the only one to produce students who have preserved sufficient knowledge to comprehend the dead letter of the Bhashyas. The reason of this is that they alone, I am informed, have occasionally real Initiates at their head in their mathams, as for instance, in the "Sringa-giri," in the Western Ghats of Mysore"
(Taken from the original manuscript of the Secret Doctrine: http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/SDVolume_I.htm )
Taken from the Adwaita Vedanta Home Page:
"In addition to writing his own commentaries, Sankara sought out leaders of other schools, in order to engage them in debate. As per the accepted philosophical tradition in India, such debates helped to establish a new philosopher, and also to win disciples and converts from other schools. It was also traditional for the loser in the debate to become a disciple of the winner. Thus Sankara debated with Buddhist philosophers, with followers of sAm.khya and with pUrva mImAm.sakas, the followers of vedic ritualism, and proved more than capable in defeating all his opponents in debate. "
M. Sufilight with peace and love...
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