Inspirational Adi Shankaracarya Quotes

Adi Shankara (early 8th century CE) was a philosopher and theologian from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. This post features Inspirational Adi Shankaracarya Quotes.

He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. Adi Shankaracharya was the greatest teacher of Vedanta philosophy. Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mīmāṃsā school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism.

Advaita Vedanta is based on śāstra (“scriptures”), yukti (“reason”) and anubhava (“experiential knowledge”), and aided by karmas (“spiritual practices”). Starting from childhood, when learning has to start, the philosophy has to be a way of life. Shankara’s primary objective was to understand and explain how moksha is achievable in this life, what it is means to be liberated, free and a Jivanmukta. His philosophical thesis was that jivanmukti is self-realization, the awareness of Oneness of Self and the Universal Spirit called Brahman.

Adi Shankaracarya Quotes
Adi Shankaracarya Quotes

Adi Shankaracarya Quotes

“Brahman the Absolute alone is real; this world is unreal (maya), but the jiva or the individual soul is not different from Brahman.”
Adi Shankaracarya

“Curb your senses and your mind and see the Lord within your heart.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Atman is an ever-present Reality. Yet, because of ignorance it is not realised. On the destruction of ignorance Atman is realised.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“The Atman, the Sun of Knowledge that rises in the sky of the heart, destroys the darkness of the ignorance, pervades and sustains all and shines and makes everything to shine.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Just as the fire is the direct cause for cooking, so without Knowledge no emancipation can be had. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for liberation.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“When your last breath arrives, Grammar can do nothing.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“The world, like a dream full of attachments and aversions seems real until the awakening.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

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

Atma Shatkam (The song of the Self) by Adi Shankaracarya quotes
Atma Shatkam (The song of the Self) by Adi Shankaracarya

Atma Shatkam (The song of the Self):

I am Consciousness, I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

Without hate, without infatuation, without craving, without greed;
Neither arrogance, nor conceit, never jealous I am;
Neither dharma, nor artha, neither kama, nor moksha am I;
I am Consciousness, I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

Without sins, without merits, without elation, without sorrow;
Neither mantra, nor rituals, neither pilgrimage, nor Vedas;
Neither the experiencer, nor experienced, nor the experience am I,
I am Consciousness, I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

Without fear, without death, without schism, without jati;
Neither father, nor mother, never born I am;
Neither kith, nor kin, neither teacher, nor student am I;
I am Consciousness, I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

Without form, without figure, without resemblance am I;
Vitality of all senses, in everything I am;
Neither attached, nor released am I;
I am Consciousness, I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
—Adi Shankara

“You never identify yourself with the shadow cast by your body, or with its reflection, or with the body you see in a dream or in your imagination. Therefore you should not identify yourself with this living body, either.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“All the manifested world of things and beings are projected by imagination upon the substratum which is the Eternal All-pervading Vishnu, whose nature is Existence-Intelligence.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“To be free from bondage the wise person must practise discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self. By that alone you will become full of joy, recognising Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“There is sorrow in finitude. The Self is beyond time, space and objects. It is infinite and hence of the nature of absolute happiness.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Reality can be experienced only with the eye of understanding, not just by a scholar.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Action cannot destroy ignorance, for it is not in conflict with or opposed to ignorance. Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Like bubbles in the water, the worlds rise, exist and dissolve in the Supreme Self, which is the material cause and the prop of everything.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Do not look at anybody in terms of friend or foe, brother or cousin; do not fritter away your mental energies in thoughts of friendship or enemity. Seeking the Self everywhere, be amiable and equal-minded towards all, treating all alike.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Each thing tends to move towards its own nature. I always desire happiness which is my true nature. My nature is never a burden to me. Happiness is never a burden to me, whilst sorrow is.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Even after the Truth has been realised, there remains that strong, obstinate impression that one is still an ego – the agent and experiencer. This has to be carefully removed by living in a state of constant identification with the supreme non-dual Self. Full Awakening is the eventual ceasing of all the mental impressions of being an ego.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Let my idle chatter be the muttering of prayer, my every manual movement the execution of ritual gesture, my walking a ceremonial circumambulation, my eating and other acts the rite of sacrifice, my lying down prostration in worship, my every pleasure enjoyed with dedication of myself, let whatever activity is mine be some form of worship of you.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“When the Great Reality is not known the study of the scriptures is fruitless; when the Great Reality is known the study of the scriptures is also fruitless.”
Adi Shankaracarya quotes

“What is enquiry into the Truth? It is the firm conviction that the Self is real, and all, other than That, is unreal.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Give up identification with this mass of flesh as well as with what thinks it a mass. Both are intellectual imaginations. Recognise your true self as undifferentiated awareness, unaffected by time, past, present or future, and enter Peace.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“All the manifested world of things and beings are projected by imagination upon the substratum which is the Eternal All pervading Vishnu , whose nature is Existence- Intelligence ; just as the different ornaments are all made out of the same gold.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“When our false perception is corrected, misery ends also.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. When ignorance is destroyed the Self which does not admit of any multiplicity truly reveals itself by itself: like the Sun when the clouds pass away.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Like the appearance of silver in mother of pearl, the world seems real until the Self, the underlying reality, is realized.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Space seems broken and diverse because of the many forms in it. Remove the forms and pure space remains. So, too with the Omnipresent Self.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“He who renouncing all activities, who is free of all the limitations of time, space and direction, worships his own Atman which is present everywhere, which is the destroyer of heat and cold, which is Bliss-Eternal and stainless, becomes All-knowing and All-pervading and attains thereafter Immortality.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Loud speech, profusion of words, and possessing skillfulness in expounding scriptures are merely for the enjoyment of the learned. They do not lead to liberation.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Knowing that I am different from the body, I need not neglect the body. It is a vehicle that I use to transact with the world. It is the temple which houses the Pure Self within.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Where renunciation and longing for liberation are weak, tranquillity and the other virtues are a mere appearance, like the mirage in the desert.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Like the appearance of silver in mother of pearl, the world seems real until the Self, the underlying reality, is realized.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“All objects are pervaded by Brahman. All actions are possible because of Brahman: therefore Brahman permeates everything as butter permeates milk.”
― Adi Shankaracarya

“Just as a stone, a tree, a straw, grain, a mat, a cloth, a pot, and so on, when burned, are reduced to earth (from which they came), so the body and its sense organs, on being burned in the fire of Knowledge, become Knowledge and are absorbed in Brahman, like darkness in the light of the sun.”
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