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Sankrachary

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guru-disciple paramparas1 of India are like malas2 strung with gems;each jewel is precious and invaluable.Still, some shine with an attention-commanding splendor.Sri Adi Sankaracarya was such a diamond.Sri Sankara's accomplishments were many, but he is singledoutbecausehisbrilliant commentaries on the prasthana-trayam—upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras—crystallized the Advaita Vedanta Darsanam3 forever, establishing it as the ultimate Indian schools of thought.His various opponents—including the Purva Mimamsakas, who professedthat theVedas'primeteaching was the performance of rituals for the attainment of heaven and otherworldly splendor—were knocked flat, as Sankara laid bare the defects of their philosophies with his one-two punchof scriptural authority and logic.As per tradition, once defeatedby Sankara,they becamehis disciples. 
his commentaries on the prasthana-trayam have been translated into dozens of languages and are today studied throughout the world…