On a mission to rebuild the Shankara Samadhi Sthal

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    On a mission to rebuild the Shankara Samadhi Sthal - The Hindu

    An 11-member team travelling from Kalady to Kedarnath with the aim of reconstructing Shankaracharya’s samadhi mandir

    Months after Adi Shankaracharya’s samadhi mandir near the holy Kedarnath temple got swept away in the devastating flash floods in Uttarakhand last year, a group of spiritual exponents have embarked on a nationwide journey in a bid to reconstruct the structure.

    The New Delhi-based Faith Foundation started its journey from Kalady in Kerala, the birthplace of Adi Shankara, on February 14 with the aim of reaching Kedarnath on June 16, the day the tragedy rocked the Himalayan region last year.

    ‘Mission Kalady to Kedar,’ a road journey touching holy centres associated with Adi Shankara, including Jammu and Kashmir and Assam in India and Pashupati Nath in Nepal, will collect holy soil for the recreation of the Shankara Samadhi Sthal and re-installation of two idols with spiritual dignity, Col. (Retd.) H. Ashok Kini, who heads the 11-member team, told The Hindu during a visit to the Nithyananda Ashram here as part of the mission.

    Ahead of planning their journey, the team members had last year visited the four Maths (monasteries) — Sringeri Sharda Math in Karnataka, Govardhana Math in Odisha, Jyotirmath in Uttarakhand, and Dwarka Math in Gujarat — set up by Shankaracharya.

    They also met the Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand and Kerala twice to brief them about their travel plans, Col. Kini said, adding that the leaders had lauded their initiative.

    “Our endeavour is to accord a spiritual touch to the Samadhi Sthal and support the Uttarakhand government initiative by giving assistance to rebuild a befitting memorial for the great sage of our nation and create awareness of resuming the pilgrimage to help contribute towards the State’s economy, which relies on pilgrim tourism,” Col. Kini, who was part of the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka and took part in the Kargil war, said.

    “We should give due importance to the planning of the entire Himalayan region by involving scientists, environmentalists, and spiritual leaders, and invest money in such a way that takes care of both the pilgrimage and the tourism,” Col. Kini, who hails from Kanhangad, said.

    The team was arranging visits to schools and colleges during the journey to impress upon the students the need to plant at least one sapling on their birthday, besides delving into the philosophy of Adi Shankara, Col. Kini, who was former comptroller of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said.
     
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    Sankaracharya has seen the spread of Islam as a threat and tried to unify Hindus and tried to make Hinduism more appealing during the golden ages of Hinduism. He suggested some changes like worship 5 GODS and all.



     
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    I think Sankaracharya was warning Hindus of all the sects to stop being far from the true religion or else the wrath will fall on them and it resulted in the invasions by other nation. Sankaraacharya was jagatguru and Jagatgurus thinks in term of spirituality which is beneficial for the whole world and humanity.
     
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    :confused: both of you are confusing...wasn't majority of Adi Shankara's teaching related to showing the prominence of the vedic satana Dharmic way of living when compared to the buddhist teachings of non entity during a time when the Buddhist teaching where very popular?? I remember reading the that the advaita Vedanta was the primary teaching and arguement principles against buddhist scholars of that age who where his primary opponents...
    Islam was not even born or present in Indian Subcontinent at that time???
     
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    Sankaracharya is seen as a man who revived Hinduism and also tried to strengthen Hinduism against faiths which originated in foreign lands. He lived in 7 th century and at that time Islamic conquests are happening.
     
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    But not in India...and also buddhism was not from foreign lands but from India only...
     
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    please explain the bold part.

    Adi Shankaracharya - Come, let us create a Mahan Bharat.
     
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    Adi Shankara was working to bring all the hindu sects to return back under one fold as all were too much divided and fighting among themselves and there was opposition from Buddhists and jains as they were in power during that time.
     
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    Brother Srinivas, Adi Shankara was working for the revival of Hinduism but it was at the expense of Buddhism and Jainism as they were in power. The Arab conquest was stopped long before the Birth of Adi Shankara , you can check the time line at time Abbasid were in power during the life time of Adi Shankara .
     
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    on the contrary Adi Shankaracharya's mission was to stop buddhism from spreading further...many foreign & local rulers had accepted buddhism...
    One should research why Adi shankaracharya was called as Prachanna Buddha(Buddha in disguise).
     
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    Check out my link and my post.
     
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    But most of his emphasis was on the Advaita philosophy, which grew and branched off in many directions turning into a bountiful tree with many enlightened teachers whose teachings people still relish.

     
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    Advaita Philosophy and also he wanted to make Hinduism an organized religion.
     
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    You mean Santana Dharm which is more for bringing back the teachings of Rig Veda.
     
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    Yes, He also worked to reduce the superstitions. He also revived Sanskrit.
     
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    You mean he made religion easy. Is it because of his reviving that in parts of Karnataka there are some villages were sanskrit is spoken ?
     
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    Hinduism is a complex religion, since there are multiple faiths and practices. Each person has his own deity and multiple types of worship. Sankaracharya tried to give some clarity based on Vedas.

    Adi Shankara, set up first of four Maths in Sringeri , Karnataka on the banks of the sacred Tunga, – the other three were later set up at Joshimath (north), Dwarka (West) and Puri (East).

    Adi Shankaracharya - Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
     
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    I think religion are never complex its the followers who make it complex. can you tell me more about the clarity which Sankaracharya gave on the basis of vedas
     
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    Reply you soon ..... :)
     
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    Hinduism is like modern day science, Every Rishi and prominent people contributed to the ideas and concepts. Unlike most of the religions Hinduism do not put a lid on out of box ideas and thoughts citing some religious practices or scriptures. This also made it complex to understand some of the core concepts since there are various interpretations. Shankaracharya tried to simply this.

    The major difference between the other religions and Hinduism is that Hinduism encourages common people to become rishis and find their own way to attain Moksha. Hinduism believes in "reincarnation".

    Brahman : Almighty

    The Upanishads (Singular: Sanskrit: उपनिषत्, IAST: Upaniṣat, IPA: [upəniʂət̪] Plural: Sanskrit: उपनिषदः) are a collection of Vedic texts which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are also called Vedanta.

    Upanishads consists of the works done by rishis and poets through out the ages dating back to 800 B.C on wards.

    Even though Upanishads consists if various teachings and concepts, they all agree with some common concepts like

    1) The concepts of 'karma' (action)

    2) 'samsara' (reincarnation)

    3) 'moksha' (nirvana)

    4) The Atman (Atma)

    5) The 'Brahman' (Absolute Almighty)

    Shankaracharya stressed the above concepts and there by eliminating some of the superstitions all across India. He also interpreted Upanishads and also advocated the importance of Vedas.

    Regarding his philosophy of Advaita vedanta,

    He interpreted this based on "The Brahman" (Almighty concept). Here dualism means considering Almighty and humans are different. Sankaracharya advocates monism, there by stressing that Almight and human are the same and there exists a divine identity in every human.
    Every thing either being or non being originates from Brahman (almighty) and posses divine identity.

    This is a beautiful concept, if one practices Advaita and believes in divine identity he will certainly reject the finate human identity and there by eliminating ego from the mind of human. "It is like every thing is done ALMIGHTY and I am also a part of that play".
     
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