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What is all about the debate of Adi Shankaracharya & Mandan Mishra ??

Asked by AWASTHI, 08 Sep '09 11:41 pm
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One of the most famous debates of Adi Shankara was with the ritualist Mandana Misra.
Mandana Misra's guru was the famous Mimamsa philosopher, Kumarila Bhatta. Shankara sought a debate with Kumarila Bhatta and met him in Prayag where he had buried himself in a slow burning pyre to repent for sins committed against his guru: Kumarla Bhatta had learned Buddhist philosophy from his Buddhist guru under false pretenses, in order to be able to refute it. Learning anything without the knowledge of one's guru while still under his authority constitutes a sin according to the Vedas.
Kumarila Bhatta thus asked Adi Shankara to proceed to Mahismati (known today as Mahishi Bangaon, Saharsa in Bihar) to meet Mandana Misra and debate with him instead.

After debating for over fifteen days, with Mandana Misra's wife Ubhaya Bharatiacting as referee, Mandana Misra accepted defeat. Ubhaya Bharatithen challenged Adi Shankara to have a debate with her in order to 'complete' the victory.

Later, Ubh ...more
Answered by DR DINESH SHARMA, 08 Sep '09 11:47 pm

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Osho - I remembered about the original Shankaracharya, Adi Shankaracharya. He is a predecessor of nearly fourteen hundred years ago. He died a young man, he died when he was thirty-three. He created a new tradition of sannyasins, he created four temples in all the four directions, and he appointed four shankaracharyas, one for each direction.

I remembered about him that he traveled all over the country defeating great, well-known philosophers -- that was in a totally different atmosphere. One great philosopher was Mandan Mishra; he had a great following. Still in his memory a town exists. I have been there many times. It is on a beautiful bank of the Narmada, one of the most beautiful rivers.

That is the place where the river descends from the mountains, so it has tremendous beauty. The city is called Mandala, in memory of Mandan Mishra. Shankara must have been at the age of thirty when he reached Mandala. Just on the outskirts of the town, by a well, a few women were drawing w ...more
Answered by Jitendra Thakur, 11 May '10 07:13 pm

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