Shankaracharya

Last Updated: November 20, 2016

Definition - What does Shankaracharya mean?

Shankaracharya is a title used to refer to the heads of Hindu monasteries, known as mathas. The name can be traced back to Adi Shankara (or Shankaracharya), who was a key reformer of Hinduism in the 8th century C.E. He traveled across India to establish four major mathas and to spread the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

A shankaracharya is also viewed as being an avatar of Shiva, who is also known as Shankara.

Yogapedia explains Shankaracharya

Adi Shankara is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of all time. In addition, he was a master of Raja yoga and one of the founders of Jnana yoga.

When Adi Shankara set up each new monastery he also left a primary disciple in charge of each of them. He did this in order to establish a direct lineage, one that continues to the present day.

In his writing, Shankara proved his extensive knowledge of yoga asana, chakras, mantras and breathing techniques. He was also fully knowledgeable in nirvikalpa samadhi, which is viewed as being the highest possible yogic state.

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