Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya is one of the most popular works which describes the life of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Composed by Sri. Sri. Vidyaranya, 12th Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sharadapeetham, it is a vast text in 16 sargas (chapters) and has a total of 1843 shlokas elucidating the life, works and philosophy of the Acharya. It has detailed descriptions of the debates (vaadas) that Sri Shankaracharya had with other scholars.
With the blessings of the Jagadgurus, veteran scholar Vid. Mahabaleshwar Bhat, an aasthaana-vidvan of the Sringeri matha, has condensed the Shankara Digvijaya by selecting the most important verses which highlight the significant events in the life of Sri Shankaracharya. This condensed text, titled “Sri Shankara Digvijaya Saara”, has 214 verses. Chanting these verses helps devotees to contemplate the greatness of the Acharya and his life.
On the auspicious occasion of the approaching Shankara Jayanthi, Vyoma Samskrta Pathasala is happy to launch this course, through which devotees would be able to chant the verses of “Sri Shankara Digvijaya Saara” and offer them as a samarpanam at the lotus feet of the Acharya.
Pure chanting of Sanskrit shlokas has immense benefit on all aspects of physical and mental well being (All pancakoshas’s will be activated at various levels)
Contemplating on the Gurutattva and Guruparampara (contemplating on the charitram of the Guru from his birth to antardhaana, imbibing the values and principles Guru lived and preached) will remove all obstacles in one’s learning path and fulfills one’s desires as described by “आपादमौलिपर्यन्तं गुरूणामाकृतिं स्मरेत्। तेन विघ्नाः प्रणश्यन्ति सिद्ध्यन्ति च मनोरथाः॥”
By meditating upon the form of the Guru, worshiping and following his every word, treating Guru’s words as Vedavakya, definitely bestows His compassion – which leads us to liberation (ध्यानमूलं गुरोर्मूर्तिः पूजामूलं गुरोः पदम्। मन्त्रमूलं गुरोर्वाक्यं मोक्षमूलं गुरोः कृपा॥)
One’s confusion and dilemma will be shattered only by surrendering oneself to Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. (शङ्कारूपेण मच्चित्तं पङ्कीकृतमभूद्यया। किङ्करी यस्य सा माया शङ्कराचार्यमाश्रये॥)
Ability to do independent parayanam and participate in group parayanam of Shankara Digvijaya Saara
Special Focus on pronunciation and chanting
Live interaction and feedback from a trained teacher
A parayanam test (along with summary meaning of shlokas) shall be conducted at the end of the course for interested learners (for those who have attended the course fully) and reading skill certificates will be issued for the candidates who successfully pass the test
For children / elders a memorization test shall be conducted and certificates shall be issued for those who have completely memorized the shlokas.
Note – Additionally, this course will also cover the summary meaning (Bhavartha) of the verses.
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