purvashrama and sannyasa names

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Thu Jul 5 22:50:21 CDT 2001

On Mon, 2 Jul 2001, Sankaran Aniruddhan wrote:

> namaste,
> I was wondering why Bhagavan Adi Sankara should have the
> same pUrvASrama and sam.nyasa names, while all other
> people in the parampara have different names in the two
> ashramas. Is it that we don't know his pUrvASrama name?
> But doesn't the mAdhava Sankara digvijaya say that he was
> named Sankara by his parents? I request members to
> clarify.

The tradition is that Shankaracharya founded the Dashanami order.  Perhaps
the tradition of taking a second name only started after that?  (To
further emphasize Advaita Vedantas' total distinction between karma and

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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