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Indological view on the Shankara tradition,
This review is from: A Tradition of Teachers: Sankara and Jagadgurus Today (Hardcover)
This book has first been pulished in 1983 and except for a one page note to the 1994/95 edition, it covers the story of the Shankaracaryas only up to 1983.
Well researched and well written, the book presents the teaching, literature, life and influence of the shankaracaryas, the leaders in Shankara's "organisation". It starts with the vedic and upanishadic roots then treats Shankara itself, then shows the post Shankara development in the first part of the book. The second part of the book, "present day shankaracaryas", deals with the twentieth century development and state of the organisation. Here I liked the description of the vidyapithas, the learning sites and religous centers of the organization. The author has visited them all and met the Shankaracaryas himself.
The presentation is quite encompassing. But something seems to be missing in terms of comparisons with other philosophical and religious trends during history, which must have influenced this particular tradition. Nevertheless, this treatise fills a gap in the history of the east Indian history.
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