Celebrating Our Acharya Jayanti’s

Adi Shankaracharya Bhagavāna & Jagadguru Ramanujacharya

There are 2 strong pillars of Sanātana Dharma. The Ācārya tradition (Paramparā) and The Santa tradition. Saints have largely come from North of India whilst the Ācāryas have mostly come from the South. Homage to Ācārya tradition on advent of two today – Ādi Shankarācārya Bhagavāna & Jagadguru Rāmanujācārya.

Introduction to Sanatan Parampara
  • The two Schools of Thought and how they are founded on the Prasthāna Trayi (three canonical texts) which consists of the Upaniṣad, Brahma Sūtras and The Bhagavad Gītā.
  • How that One Truth (Paramātmā) has been viewed by our Ācāryas from different lenses, keeping with the foundations of our Prasthāna Trayi, with the view for the welfare of mankind.

Felicitation to all as we celebrate Bhagavāna Ādi Śaṇkarācārya and Rāmanujācārya Jayanti.

Ādi Śaṇkarācārya Bhagavāna
Jagadguru Rāmanujācārya
Incarnation of Lord Śiva – Bhagavāna Adi Shankaracharya
  • Bhagavāna Ādi Saṇkarācārya who left a great mark on the path of devotion (Bhakti) and is the exponent of Advaita School of Thought.
  • Śaṇkara accepted Govinda-Bhagavatpadācārya as his Guru, the eminent disciple of the equally brilliant Gaudapadācārya.
  • Bhagavāna Ādi Saṇkarācārya continued to compose texts and devotional hymns, re-established temples and was bestowed the title of Jagadguru (world teacher).
  • He also reformed the monastic orders and founded four monasteries (Maṭha) in the four corners of India.
  • Invoke that divinity of devotion and realisation by our Ācharyās expressed in the various saṃskṛta stotras

śaṅkaraṃ śaṅkarācāryaṃ keśavaṃ bādarāyaṇam I
sutra bhāśya kṛtau vande bhagavantau punaḥ punaḥ

Incarnation of Lord Seṣa – Jagadguru Ramanujacarya
  • Jagadguru Rāmanujācārya is the exponent of Viśiṣṭadvaita Vedanta School of Thought and is also the avatāra of Lord Śeṣa.
  • After satisfying the three three unfulfilled desires of Yamunācārya; Rāmānujācārya was then initiated and educated into the Śrī Sampradāya by Mahapurṇa, a learned scholar in Śrī Vaiṣṇava theology.
  • Jagadguru Rāmanujācārya also introduced the Bhakti movement under which He popularised daily pūjā, temple festivities, worship etc!

Pujya Bhaishri’s visit to the Statue of Equality

Acharya Parampara and Sant Parampara
  • Both the Ācārya and Santa Paramparā are the two foundations of Sanātana Vedic Saṃskṛti.
  • If one of these foundations were not to exist, then this Sanātana Paramparā would not sustain itself!
  • The Ācārya Paramparā live a life of purity worshipping that One Truth, situated in discourse, publication, and literature, stemming from the south region of India (Dakṣina Bhārata).
  • Santa Paramparā are those who inspire and illuminate society and have stemmed from the north region of India (Uttara Bhārata)
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