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Swami Vivekananda Thoughts on Adi Shankaracharya

Today is Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti

India has to live, and the spirit of the Lord descended again. He who declared, “I will come whenever virtue subsides, came again and this time the manifestation was in the South, and up rose that young Brahmin of whom it has been declared that at the age of sixteen he had completed all his writings; the marvelous boy Shankaracharya arose.

The writings of this boy of sixteen are the wonders of the modern world, and so was the boy…The greatest teacher of the Vedanta philosophy was Shankaracharya.

By solid reasoning he extracted from the Vedas the truths of Vedanta, and on them built up the wonderful system of Jnana that is taught in this commentaries. He unified all the conflicting descriptions of Brahman and showed that therei s only one Infinite Reality. He showed too that as man can only travel slowly on the upward road, all the varied presentations are needed to suit his varying capacity.

Swami Vivekananda

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