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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

Exploring the Differences between Shivachariya and Shankaracharya: A Spiritual Perspective

Shivachariya and Shankaracharya both teaches us about purity and the path to spiritual enlightenment.

When we mean Shivachariya we refer to the Supreme Being, the father of all souls, and He emphasizes the importance of practicing purity in everyday life while fulfilling family and societal duties.

Adi Shankara, on the other hand, is known as the first Shankaracharya and is the founder of the Sanyasi dharma, which involves renouncing worldly life and living as a monk.

One of the main differences between the teachings of Shivachariya and Shankaracharya is their approach to practicing purity. Shivachariya emphasizes that one can practice purity while fulfilling family and societal duties, whereas Shankaracharya believed that true purity can only be achieved by renouncing worldly life and living as a monk. This is why Sadhus and sanyasis left home and sat in a jungle to do yoga.

According to Shivachariya, the purity of Sadhus and sanyasis is the main reason for the existence of the world in Dwabara yug.

Shankaracharya's teachings focus on the idea that Shantidham (the abode of peace) is the home of the soul, and that the ultimate aim of spiritual practice is to merge with God by achieving the highest levels of purity. Shankaracharya also emphasizes the concept that God is within each one of us, and that our ultimate aim should be to merge with Him.

However, Shivachariya believes that these teachings are the thoughts of Shankaracharya, and that they do not align with the true nature of the Supreme Being. Shivachariya believes that Shantidham is the home of the soul and not God himself, and that God is not omnipresent, but rather resides in Shantidham.

In summary, while both Shivachariya and Shankaracharya emphasize the importance of purity in achieving spiritual enlightenment, they have different approaches to practicing purity and different beliefs about the nature of the Supreme Being and the path to spiritual enlightenment.


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