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SANKARA- DIG-VIJAYA
THE TRADITIONAL LIFE
OF
SRISANKARACHARYA
By
MADHA V A-VIDY ARANYA
Translated by
SWAMI TAPASYANANDA
SRI RAMAKRISHNA MATH
MADRAS-600 004, India
Published by
The President
Sri Ramakrishna Math
Mylapore, Chennai-4
© Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
All rights reserved
IX-2M 3C-6-2008
ISBN 81-7823-342-8
Printed in India at
Sri Ramakrishna Math Printing Press
Mylapore, Chennai-4
CONTENTS
Page
INTRODUCTION
No.
v
Canto No.
1.
PROLOGUE
2.
BIRTH OF SANKARA
3.
THE EARTHLY MANIFESTATION OF DEVAS
4.
5.
6.
BOYHOOD DAYS UP TO THE AGE OF EIGHT
7.
8.
9.
10
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
EMBRACING SANNYASA
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRISTINE
PHILOSOPHY OF THE SELF
TlJE MEETING WITH VYASA
CONTROVERSY WITH MANDANA
EsTABLISHING THE CLAIM TO BE
THE MASTER OF ALL LEARNING
ACQUIREMENT OF KNOWLEDGE OF SEx-LoVE
ENCOUNTER WITH THE FIERCE BHAIRAVA
THE COMING OF SOME DISCIPLES
PREACHING OF BRAHMA VIDYA
PILGRIMAGE OF PADMAPADA
TRIUMPHANT TOUR OF THE LAND
ACCESSION To SARADAPITHA
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70
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130
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151
166
186
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Bhuvana-vijayakhyatilh Sankara·m bh(i~yakiira'h
Vimala-paramahalibSa1h Ramak?"~'!~a9n bhaj.imotl,
To the Holy Being Ramakrishna, thc Spiritual Swan
sporting in the lake of pious hearts,
Who embodied himself as tile world-famous
scriptural commentator Sankara,
By whose efforts the sophistries of
atheistic thinkers were uprooted
And the way of Vedic wisdom cleared
and well-establishedTo tl{at Universal Being as Sankara,
my Sa lutation !
---SWAMI ABHEDANANDA
INTRODUCTION
Problems Connected with a Biography of Sri Sankara
An Introduction to an English translation of MadhavaVidyaranya's Sankara-dig.-vijaya, known also as Samkshepasankara-vijaya, requires in the first place an explanation as to why
it is undertaken. We are presenting this translation not because
we consider it a proper biography in the modern sense, but because
there is nothing better to offer on the life and achievements of