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Adi Shankara

788 - 820

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Adi Shankara, also called Adi Shankaracharya (Sanskrit: आदि शङ्कर, आदि शङ्कराचार्य, romanized: Ādi Śaṅkara, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, lit. 'First Shankaracharya', pronounced [aːdɪ ɕɐŋkɐraːtɕaːrjɐ]), was an 8th-century Indian Vedic scholar and teacher (acharya). His works present a harmonizing reading of the sastras, with liberating knowledge of the self at its core, synthesizing the Advaita Vedanta teachings of his time.Due to his later fame, over 300 texts are attributed to him, including commentaries (Bhāṣya), introductory topical expositions (Prakaraṇa grantha) and poetry (Stotra). However, most of these are likely to be written by admirers or pretenders or scholars with an eponymous name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adi Shankara has received more than 4,867,432 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Adi Shankara is the 154th most popular philosopher (up from 156th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from India (down from 21st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Adi Shankara was a Hindu philosopher and theologian who founded the Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy. He was born in Kaladi, Kerala, India.

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Among philosophers, Adi Shankara ranks 154 out of 1,081Before him are Duns Scotus, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Kabir, Jean Baudrillard, Herbert Marcuse, and Hippias. After him are John Wycliffe, Louis Althusser, Ernst Cassirer, Christian Wolff, Adam Weishaupt, and Ferdinand Tönnies.

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Among people born in 788, Adi Shankara ranks 1After him are Abd al-Rahman II, Methodios I of Constantinople, Abu Tammam, Ziyadat Allah I of Ifriqiya, and Boniface II, Margrave of Tuscany. Among people deceased in 820, Adi Shankara ranks 2Before him is Al-Shafi‘i. After him are Leo V the Armenian, Emperor Xianzong of Tang, and Theodore Abu Qurrah.

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Among people born in India, Adi Shankara ranks 29 out of 1,493Before him are Swami Vivekananda (1863), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), and Kabir (1440). After him are Valmiki (-80), Aryabhata (476), Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), Padmasambhava (717), and Amartya Sen (1933).


Among philosophers born in India, Adi Shankara ranks 7Before him are Ramakrishna (1836), Nagarjuna (150), Bodhidharma (483), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), and Kabir (1440). After him are Padmasambhava (717), Vyasa (-390), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), and Ramana Maharshi (1879).