Adi Shankara and Vivekachudamani

Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)
Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)

Adi Shankara

“Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and Atman, individual self”

Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah —

The Vivekachudamani (Sanskrit: विवेकचूडामणि)
is a famous Sanskrit poem
ascribed to Adi Shankara (8th century).

It is written in the form of 580 verses
in the Shardula Vikridita metre.

The poem exposes the Advaita Vedanta philosophy,
one of the classic Indian paths to spiritual realization.

“Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Give up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.”

text of the Vivekachudamani in pdf

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