Shankara (c.788—c.820 CE) is among the most highly revered sages of India, ranking second only to Gautama Buddha in his influence. He represents the flowering of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, the last of six schools which developed from extremely ancient foundations. His system of thought is known as advaita, or nondualism. Its central theme is an examination of the relation between Brahman, the divine power of the cosmos, and atman, the individual human self.
Anyone who is interested in quantum physics would do well to study Vedanta, for the two are closely connected, though the motive force behind each discipline is quite different. Quantum physics is primarily concerned with the quest for Ultimate Reality, whereas Vedanta, like Buddhism, is more concerned with the moral perfection of man and the cessation of suffering.
One of Shankara’s greatest hymns, featured here in this 16-minute devotional video, is the Bhaja Govindam. For a complete transcript of the hymn in Sanskrit with an English translation, together with a brief account of the life and teachings of Shankara by Srila Prabhupada, click here. [LD]
OM TAT SAT
For the devotees of Vedanta and my dearest Sushila long dead
Another version with English subtitles (11 minutes) :