Adi Shankara stands out as unique amongst the great men of the world given his diversified personality as a prolific writer, an intellectual philosopher and debater, an ardent devotee and mystic poet, or as a religious reformer and organizer. Adi Shankara consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta by the sixteenth year of his life with his classic commentaries on the Brahma-sutra, Srimad Bhagawadgita, the Upanishads, and other general works. Thereafter, he undertook a spiritual conquest of the whole land of Bharat by travelling all over, destroying seventy-two unholy accretions and the other cults and establishing the Shanmatas on a proper footing. Thus his brief stay of only thirty-two years on this earth is packed with a series of achievements which are unequalled both in their content and variety. He was indeed the Maha Parivrajaka and remains the essential idea behind this website.
In this website, we attempt to deliver the Adi Shankara's thoughts and teachings to the common man and the scholar alike, shorn of the distortions which appear to have crept in over a period of time. Adi Shankara cautioned against cherry picking a phrase or verse out of context from Vedic literature and this caution would equally apply to his own works as well. We follow His Holiness Swami Paramananda Bharati in our endeavour to arrive at such distortion-free interpretation.
SWAMI PARAMANANDA BHARATI has been initiated to sanyasa at Sringeri. Swamiji holds a reputation all over the world for his works on Adi Shankara Vedanta and has been conducting research and publication works in bringing Adi Shankara’s thoughts to the people belonging to all sections of the society. Before taking ‘sanyasa’, Swamiji was an eminent scientist and a brilliant faculty member at IIT Madras. His teaching of Vedanta was greatly admired by the students of Philosophy all over the world. Swamiji has also done extensive work on science and spirituality as per the text books of Adi Shankara.
He has attended major international conferences like:
Swamiji has organized several conference on:
His Holiness has addressed several international conferences:
Swamiji has authored the following books