Chapter-4. Swami Sri Adi Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :
It is really interesting that the fate of the Advaita Vedanta later on, in the passage of time, was similar to that of Buddhism.
It was misrepresented.
As Buddha was misrepresented, and Christ is being misrepresented, Sankara was also misrepresented.
So to counteract the misrepresented attitudes, there came other Acharyas like Ramanuja, Madhva and others.
One cannot wholly and satisfactorily explain the subtle relation of the soul to God.
Though many schools of philosophy have come up, they are like dismembered bodies, and not a complete whole.
Just because we have limbs cut off and thrown everywhere, it does not mean that we have a complete human system.
Unfortunately, we have only such limbs cut off – Dvaitins, Advaitins and Visishtadvaitins, etc.
But we do not have a very satisfactory and happy blend of thought.
Therefore, it is necessary that such a new orientation has to be attempted without a biased approach of any school, keeping in view only the goal of mankind as a whole and not merely as a system or a school of thought.
Such an attempt has to be made, and the success of it depends entirely upon the genius of the man concerned, because Sankara himself was a genius.
To be continued ....