Quotes from Prasnottara Ratna Malika of Adi Shankaracharya

Prasnottara Ratna Malika of Adi Shankara in Sanskrit is a collection of 67 verses (question and answers). It tries to answer questions that arise in the mind of common man who is new to the spiritual world.

  • Who can be considered as a Guru?

That one who knows the truth, who lives in and as truth and who always strives for the good of his disciple.

  • What is the seed of the tree of liberation (moksha)?

The attainment of perfect and true knowledge and its application in everyday life.

  • What is the root cause of fear?

Death.

  • Who is an intelligent person?

That one who is endowed with the power of discrimination.

  • Who is the enemy?

Idleness.

  • What is the essence of this life that we are leading?

The understanding that it is only transitory and will not last forever.
What can be considered as the dearest thing for a man?

The leading of a life that is entirely devoted to the good of himself and others.

  • What spoils the mind and brings down its efficiency?

Love of the abnormal or extreme kind.

  • Who is the blindest of the blind?

That one who is not free from all attachments and who rather sticks to them.

  • What is happiness?

The state of complete non-attachment to everything.