[Advaita-l] Did Sankara have non-brahmin disciples?

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 21:51:13 CDT 2010

Sankara Digvijaya says the low born hunter of Manisha Panchakam was
God Siva not a man. Siva appeared immediately. Adi Sankara bowed to
Siva. Bad people say Adi Sankara accepted Candala as Guru but it is
bogus.  He did not have non Brahmin Guru or disciples.

Fact- Sankara Digvijaya does not say Adi Sankara bowed to Candala.

Arjuna fought with hunter but the hunter was Siva. He gave him
Pashupata.  No one says Arjuna lost in battle to a hunter. Why people
say Adi Sankara bowed to Candala? This is  politics and lies in a bad



On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 2:07 AM, Rajaram Venkataramani
<rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> In his Gita commentary, Sankaracharya says that previous commentators have
> commented on every sentence and word but the meaning is not clear to lay
> people. And that he is writing this to make it clear and that this message
> would spread. Did he teach advaita to non-brahmins and accept them as
> disciples? In Manisha Panchakam, he accepts as guru a low born jnani but
> dont know if scholars accept that this incident took place at all.
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