Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 14.

Chapter-4. Swami Sri  Adi  Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :


The next step was the advent of Sankara to rectify this extreme that was brought about in human thought by the adulterated forms of Buddhistic idealism, which were all extreme types of thinking.

They had some truth in them, but they were not the whole truth.

For example, it is not true that the world is created by our ideas, and yet it is true that our ideas have some say in the projection of the forms of objects.

It is not true that the objects are physical in their nature, yet it is true that they have some physicality in them independent of human thought.

It is not true that nothing exists, as the Nihilists say, but yet it is true that things do not exist as they appear to the senses.

All these aspects of truth had to be brought into relief by a new method of approach altogether which was the purpose of the mission of Acharya Sankara.

This was the consequence chronologically speaking, as I mentioned to you – a historical reason for the teaching which Sankara gave in the way he did.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ....

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