Shri Adi Sankaracharya – The Youth Icon

Hari Om, Namaskaram and Hello! I had written this special piece on Shri Adi Sankaracharya’s Jayanti which was on April 28th in 15 minutes – at midnight for a competition held by Chinmaya International Foundation just before the deadline ended! And it did receive the 3rd prize with His Grace. πŸ™‚

Do have a read, and let me know how you find it. πŸ˜€

I do not know much about Shri Adi Sankaracharya’s life history.
I do not know much about his spiritual education or sojourns.
But I do know what Bhagawan stood for, where his heart was and what was in his heart.


In one of his devotional music videos, Shri Kuldeep M Pai, a popular classical singer says how we would be much stronger and fulfilled human beings if we would worship iconic real heroes like Bhagawan Sankaracharya instead of mythical ones like Superman and He-man!

Shri Adi Sankaracharya at Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Maharashtra


That sentence has stuck in my heart. Much like how Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda extols this great Master – for that is what he is – The Icon of All Icons! And for us youngsters, A YOUTH Icon.

How is that possible you ask? How can some Master of an age gone-by be our Icon? Well, the fact that he lives on millennia later, is proof enough of a life of incomparable greatness! And that is what we crave for isn’t it? A life of purpose.


Shri Sankara was the epitome of fearlessness and national pride. When our beloved Bharat was lying decapacitated in the hands of Pundits who loved the Word more than the essence, a society that was struggling in the clutches of decaying Buddhism and ritualistic Hinduism – with no real soul to it – it is in this state that Sankara found his dear country and its people. His heart bled at that young age. And he fought. He fought his entire life to re-establish the essence of Hinduism in the lives of people.

He went across the country, defeating self-acclaimed Pundits and reclaiming Sanatana Dharma from their clutches – with his debating skills and experiential knowledge of the Highest! He composed basic texts explaining the highest philosophy of Advaita Vedanta in the terminology of us common people.

Commentaries on the Upanishads, establishing 4 Mathas and much much more- his life was one of invincible love for the timeless tradition he belonged to, of Oneness with the Supreme, of great compassion and love for his people and of utmost humility!

To us he is an exemplary example of how we must live a life of Integrity, Love, Oneness, Absolute Fearlessness, remaining strong in our convictions and offer ourselves at a Higher Altar – only then will the subtleties of life reach us in our meditation!

Perhaps, I do not know much about Bhagawan Sankara, but I do know that I want to know more and more of this Great Guru – until I attain His lotus feet! What about you?

7 thoughts on “Shri Adi Sankaracharya – The Youth Icon

  1. In a nut shell you have tried to describe the great saint and philosopher of advaita .its a great and noble venture . His writings about love and greatness of Mother had been source of inspiration to many.
    Expecting many more writings about him . May God bless you.

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  2. First of all, congratulations on your well-deserved award. This a beautifully written piece and, obviously, straight from your heart. You have a lovely, sweet style while passionately conveying your thoughts. Your genuineness comes across loud and clear. Kudos to you. You are doing your parents proud. Keep it up. Wish you continued success.
    Love,
    Meera Aunty

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  3. The fact that you composed this essay in 15 minutes is commendable. What Shankara accomplished in his short life span may never be repeated again in history. Interestingly, there was no Bharath during his time, rather small countries which made up the Indian subcontinent. I always wondered how he traveled from one country to another before reaching kedarnath. You can research that for your next essay.
    Enjoyed reading it.

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