Here is Shankara Jayanti again, and again we salute the great teacher with the words, "तं नमामि भगवत्पादं शङ्करं लोक-शङ्करम् ," 'Salutations to the greatest teacher, Adi Shankara, who is none but Lord Shankara himself, descended for the welfare of the world that is embroiled in misery brought about by ignorance.'
How and where are we to approach him today, as the disease of the world (Samsara) is well at large, possibly more malignant now?
We are guided, "यः श्रुति-स्मृति-पुराणानां आलयम् , करुणालयं च ", he is verily the temple of the Shastras – the Vedas, as also the Smrti and the Puranas. He obtains as the "Teaching and the Teachers and the Texts (Bhashyas in particular, and ever-so-many brilliant compositions). He, whose advent was to show mankind the true purport of the Shastras, dispel all rampant confusions, and gift us a stronger system of teaching – the refreshed Sampradaya! Truly then, he is the temple of compassion – the acutely felt need of the day!
His irresistible brilliance as incarnate knowledge, is akin to the Sun rays piercing clouds of ignorance, so the morning sight on the eastern horizon seemed to indicate on his Jayanti!
Several centuries after his advent, a little Ashrama boy plucks choicest flowers for offering at the feet of the 'teacher-Colossus'.
A little rumination may not be out of place, as we refer you to our post of May 12, 2016, of Adi-Shankara Jayanti!
May we all attain to the qualification and Shraddha to study the Shastras – the gift unopened!