Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta (was Re: An Open Letter to All)

Dnyanesh Pawaskar dnp at CYBERSPACE.ORG
Wed May 10 19:10:07 CDT 2000

On Wed, 10 May 2000, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:


> Shankaracharya did much to weaken the hold of Buddhism (as did Purva
> Mimamsakas like Kumarila Bhatta, Prabhakara Mishra, and Naiyayikas like
> Udayanacharya) but it did not disappear from India until several centuries
> later.

A related question of mainly historical significance. Is it really true
that at some point of time in medieval India, Buddhist monks were drowned
in the Ganga by supporters of the then Shankaracharyas? These claims are
made mainly by Christian fundamentalists as a shield whenever they are
questioned about the evangelization techniques (the Goa Inquisition, for
instance) employed by foreign missionaries in India.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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