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Dasa Shlokas of Shankaracharya – Summary of Shankara’s Teachings and his concept of Brahman

When Shankaracharya decided to enter ‘samadhi,’ Sudhanva, the foremost disciple of Shankara, requested that the essentials of his teaching may be summarized and given to them. Shankaracharya then said the Dasa Shlokas, or Ten Verses, which elaborated the omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence of Brahman – the core concept of Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma). The five elements do no express my real nature; I am changeless and persist forever.I am above castes and creeds. I am seen when ‘maya’ is removed, and do not need concentration or worship as shown in Yoga Sutras.I have no parents, I need no Vedas as proclaimed in the scriptures, no sacrifices, no pilgrimages. I am the eternal witness.All the teachings of various religions and philosophies do not reveal my true nature and are but shallow views of my deep being.I pervade the whole universe and am above, in the middle and below, in all directions.I am colorless, formless, light being my form.I have no teacher, scripture or any disciple…