Adi Shankara

788 - 820

Adi Shankara

Adi Shankaracharya (Sanskrit: आदि शङ्कराचार्यः [aːdɪ ɕɐŋkɐɽɐ]) was an Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism.His works in Sanskrit discuss the unity of the Ātman and Nirguna Brahman "brahman without attributes". He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutras, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita) in support of his thesis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adi Shankara has received more than 2,840,078 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 149th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Adi Shankara ranks 148 out of 1,005Before him are Simone Weil, Al-Tabari, Chanakya, Kabir, Joseph Priestley, and Wilhelm Dilthey. After him are Jean Baudrillard, Baron d'Holbach, Ferdinand Tönnies, Louis Althusser, Carl Schmitt, and Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten.

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

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Among people born in India, Adi Shankara ranks 23 out of 848Before him are Ānanda (-600), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Rama (null), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Chanakya (-375), and Kabir (1440). After him are Sita (null), Aurangzeb (1618), Jahangir (1569), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), and Swami Vivekananda (1863).


Among philosophers born in India, Adi Shankara ranks 6Before him are Gautama Buddha (-566), Nagarjuna (150), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Chanakya (-375), and Kabir (1440). After him are Swami Vivekananda (1863), Ramakrishna (1836), Vyasa (-390), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), and Sri Aurobindo (1872).

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