Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya And Sri Ramanujacharya Birth Anniversary:
Prime Minister has paid tributes to Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya on his birth anniversary and on his Jayanti.
Ramanujacharya, born in 1017 in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, is widely respected as a Vedic philosopher and social reformer.
- He is renowned for advocating social equality and justice, which was revolutionary for his time, and for his propagation of the Bhakti movement, which inspired other Bhakti schools of thought.
- He was instrumental in reviving the Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedanta philosophy, which posits non-dualism of the qualified whole.
- Ramanujacharya wrote nine scriptures known as the navaratnas and composed numerous commentaries on Vedic scriptures, including the Vedanta Sutras and the Bhagavad-Gita.
- His teachings emphasized the need for harmony with nature and compassion, humility, equality, and mutual respect among all people.
- He advocated the concept of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam,” which translates to “all the universe is one family.”
- Ramanujacharya embraced the socially marginalized and condemned them and asked royal courts to treat them as equals.
- He liberated millions from social, cultural, gender, educational, and economic discrimination with his belief that every human is equal regardless of nationality, gender, race, caste, or creed.
- Because of his work to promote social equality, the 213-feet tall statue of Ramanujacharya in Hyderabad is known as the Statue of Equality.
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya:
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya, born in the 8th century AD in Kerala, is one of the most revered philosophers in Indian history.
- He is considered to be the founder of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy, which emphasizes the ultimate unity and oneness of all existence.
- Shankaracharya is credited with reviving Hinduism and restoring its philosophical and spiritual foundation.
- He was a prolific writer, composing commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads, and other important texts.
- His most significant works include the commentary on the Brahma Sutras (Bhashya), Bhajagovinda Stotra, Nirvana Shatakam, and Prakaran Granths. Shankaracharya was also a social reformer and worked to eliminate caste-based discrimination and promote social equality