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( NYAYA – SANKHYA -YOG, VAISHESHIK, PURVA/ UTTAR MIMAMSA vs THE ADVAIT VEDANT)
( A detailed demand based follow up on the greatest debate ever)
In the ancient land of India, there lived a till date – greatest scholar of the Advait Vedanta Adi Shankaracharya. Born in the small village of Kalady, he possessed wisdom and knowledge beyond his years. Adi Shankaracharya was a devotee of Lord Shiva, and his teachings had spread far and wide, touching the hearts, no no, not heart – the soul of many.
One fortunate day, as Adi Shankaracharya sat by the holy river Purna, deep in contemplation, a learned scholar of the Nyaya, Sankhya, Yoga, Vaisheshika, Purva Mimamsa and Uttara Mimamsa (Vedanta Philosophy Madan Mishra approached him. Madan Mishra was known for his sharp intellect and witty debates, and he had challenged many a scholar, emerging as the undefeated champion of dialectics.
Madan Mishra sneered at Adi Shankaracharya, mocking his young age and simple appearance. “Ah, the great Shankaracharya. They say you possess divine knowledge. Let us put it to the test, shall we?” he said, his voice dripping with arrogance.
Adi Shankaracharya looked at Madan Mishra calmly, his eyes filled with compassion. “Why this needless confrontation, Madan Mishra? Are we not all seekers of truth? Let us engage in a healthy debate instead,” he suggested.
But Madan Mishra was not one to be swayed easily, his ego blinding him to reason. “A debate it shall be! Prepare to be defeated, young Shankaracharya,” he declared, a wicked grin on his face.
News of the impending clash between Adi Shankaracharya and Madan Mishra spread like wildfire, and people from far and wide gathered to witness the event. The stage was set, and a grand gathering awaited the duel of the minds.
Amidst the sea of eager faces, Madan Mishra and Adi Shankaracharya took their positions, ready to unleash their intellectual prowess. The rules were simple: a panel of esteemed judges would decide the outcome, and the one who presented the most logical and convincing arguments would emerge victorious.
As the debate commenced, Madan Mishra launched a barrage of complex questions, aiming to dismantle Adi Shankaracharya’s beliefs. He attacked conventions and challenged faith, his words resonating with the audience. It seemed as though Adi Shankaracharya was on the brink of defeat.
But Adi Shankaracharya remained undeterred. With each question posed, he countered with poise and unparalleled clarity. His eloquence and brilliance left the audience spellbound, weaving a tapestry of wisdom that transcended worldly limitations.
As the debate progressed, Adi Shankaracharya’s divine knowledge became evident. His arguments struck at the core of existence, unraveling the mysteries of life, death, and the eternal soul. The judges were left in awe of his profound insights, and it became clear that victory was imminent.
Madan Mishra, realizing the futility of his efforts, grew increasingly desperate. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage his pride, he resorted to personal insults and baseless accusations. The atmosphere grew tense, and the once-captivated audience recoiled in discomfort.
Sensing the injustice of the situation, Adi Shankaracharya brimmed with compassion. He looked deep into Madan Mishra’s eyes, seeing a man consumed by his own ego and insecurities. Adi Shankaracharya paused, allowing a moment of reflection.
“The pursuit of knowledge should bring enlightenment and harmony, not strife and division,” Adi Shankaracharya spoke with profound wisdom. “Let compassion guide our discourse, for in the union of hearts, true understanding is born.”
Madan Mishra, struck by Adi Shankaracharya’s words, felt a wave of humility wash over him. He stepped forward, bowing to the great sage. “You have won, Adi Shankaracharya, not only the debate but also my admiration. Teach me your ways,” he pleaded.
And so, Adi Shankaracharya and Madan Mishra set forth on a journey of companionship and enlightenment. Together, they traveled across the land, spreading the message of unity, wisdom, and love. The adversarial clash that had once imprisoned their souls transformed into a bond forged in the fires of transformation.
In the annals of history, the debate between Adi Shankaracharya and Madan Mishra became legendary. It served as a reminder that true victory lies not in vanquishing our opponents.
Part 3 : Adi Shankaracharya vs Udhaya Bharti ( Wife of Shri Madan Mishr), the eternal debate far more electric to be released soon. So stay tunned.