Adi Shankara

788 - 820

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Adi Shankaracharya (Sanskrit: आदि शङ्कराचार्यः [aːdɪ ɕɐŋkɐɽɐh]) 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 3,040,625 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Adi Shankara is the 156th most popular philosopher (down from 147th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from India (up from 23rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Adi Shankara ranks 156 out of 1,089. Before him are Chrysippus, Louis Althusser, Jakob Böhme, Carl Schmitt, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Max Horkheimer. After him are Bodhidharma, Ernst Cassirer, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Emmanuel Levinas, Marquis de Condorcet, 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 21 out of 1,227. Before him are Ānanda (-600), Shivaji (1627), Nagarjuna (150), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), and Chandragupta Maurya (-340). After him are Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Aurangzeb (1618), Brahmagupta (598), Rani of Jhansi (1828), and Subhas Chandra Bose (1897).


Among philosophers born in India, Adi Shankara ranks 4Before him are Ramakrishna (1836), Nagarjuna (150), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895). After him are Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893).