1.45 The Spiritual Revelations Of Shivacharva And Sankaracharya

Yogi Khem Jokhoo
This commentary would deal with the identity of Shivacharya and Shankaracharya. It will discuss their similarity and contrasts as well as their role and purpose with respect to the declining world spirituality. Both Shivacharya and Shankaracharya taught that the road to liberation and salvation was through renunciation and purity, but their paths were however quite different. Shivacharya propagated purity through thoughts, words and actions embracing unlimited renunciation in the family path, whereas Shankaracharya advance purity through renunciation of all actions in the path of isolation. Their common approach to achieve peace and liberation were through purity renunciation. Their methods being the difference.


Purity and Renunciation. Both Shivacharya And Shankaracharya believed taught the purity through renunciation. Shivacharya decent on earth, once in a kalpa, is for purification of all souls as well as the elements. His decent in the 50th century of the 5000 years cycle. He re-establishes the New World order, which last for half of the cycle, and then it starts to deteriorate again. The rate of degradation speeds up in the copper age, but degradation gets uncontrollable at the end of the Iron Age. This is when Shivacharya descends. Shankaracharya enters the cycle about the 8th century AD or the 38th century of the 5000-year cycle and introduced the sannaysis Religion. Shiva always give praise to Sannyasis and says that the world should be ever gratify to them because they were able to slow down the dehumanization of mankind and degradation of the environment. It because the sannyasis efforts to live a life of purity that lawlessness and promiscuity terrible condition that you just could not imagine. However, there of purity was not sufficient to fight the decline and even many Sannyasis and their followers succumbed to the might of the vices. Today, many Sannyasis have abandoned life in the forest and they live in huge mansions to the full glare of women and the pomp of Maya. It is only Shivachaya together with the assistance of the Shiv Shakti Army, have the power to destroy the vices completely.


Path of Isolation and Path of the family. Shankaracharya established the sannyasi religion. The sannyasi religion teaches the principle of renunciation of all actions. It teaches to follow the path of Isolation. Initially, those who had decided to follow this path left home and migrated to the deep forest so that they could follow the path of Isolation. They adopted the path of Isolation because they want to live a life of purity through renunciation of the vices by being actionless. They it impossible to adopt the family path and live a life of purity. They felt helpless around their wives and felt they could not conquer the vices of lust while living at home, which was the main reason that they abandon their homes, and migrated to the deep forest.

Shivacharya on the other hand advise that one could renounce the vices and still live a life of purity in the family path. Shivacharya taught the methods how could one conquer the vices of anger, greed, ego, lust and attachment while living at home. Imparting the knowledge of the gita did this. This is the major difference between the teaching of Shivachrya and that of Shankaracharya. Shankaracharya did not believe that man and women can live together in the same home without succumbing to the vice of lust, but Shivacharya demonstrated how in the family path it is possible for “fire and cotton” to exist with out the cotton catching fire. The world would be totally amazed by this achievement and in the not too distant future and sooner than you think, the world will come to know that Shivacharya is the Supreme soul, god the Supreme Father. Maya is also very powerful and only the supreme Soul can defeat Maya and liberate mankind from the chains of the vices.


Raja  Yoga  and  Hatha  Yoga . Shivacharya, descends only once in the kalpa , when unrighteousness, irreligiousness prevail, to re-establish the Deity  Religion, the sun and the moon Dynasties. In the process of re-establishment, Shiva destroys the evil of the world. The exact time of his descent in the last 100 years of the 5000 years cycle. Shiva takes a “divine birth” in that He incarnates and uses the body of Prajapita Brahma. He is not subjected to birth and death as human beings and is above the bondage of karma. He is tiny point of conscient light, the symbol being the Shiva lingam. Shiva is incorporeal, bodiless and imperishable and his home is in Paramdham also called soul’s world. The home of all souls is also in Paramdham. Shivacharya teaches Raja Yoga coupled with Karma Yoga as the weapon to destroy the vices also called and not a physical weapon.


Raja Yoga. Means union or connection with God and embraces the principles of Karma Yoga as the method. Karma Yoga is to perform action whilst in the remembrance of god. It teaches that the genesis of all speech and actions are first in your thoughts and that all thoughts are first examined to check for defects or weaknesses. This basically the art of Positive thinking. Raja yoga teaches that positive thought is one when manifested into words, actions, or relations brings benefits to the self, to others and to the environment. If it does not satisfy these conditions, then there is some weakness in that thought and it is withdrawn immediately  as being waste, idle or negative. Raja Yoga, through the practice karma yoga, disciplined the minds and not the body. Its nutrients of the soul, which is the driving force of the body. It is the soul that makes the body talk, walk and perform actions. A karma yogi therefore is one whose thoughts is produce in soul-consciousness and the actions performed are filled with the qualities and attributes of the supreme Master called God-consciousness. This  constant remembrance of God acts like a shield and provides the spiritual protection for the soul from obstacles and difficulty. When the soul receives spiritual protection, the body is also protected from the ills of the world. Raja Yoga is strictly spiritual and mental and is practiced open-eyed while at home or at work or whenever.


Hatha Yoga, on the other hand, deals directly with the actions and religion of the body. Shankaracharya takes birth in human form. He taught “Hatha Yoga” which focuses on the discipline on the body and not the soul. Discipline of the body is through the “path of Isolation” abandoning the family path for a life in the forest. They depended on meals prepared by well wishers and spiritual seekers. The meals taken are considered impure as to have complete purity in thoughts,  words and actions. Food and thoughts are the key to  purity as the quality of food and thoughts affect the purity of the soul as well as the body. Hatha Yoga incorporates breathing and physical exercise as well as chants and mantras.


Sanctity  and  Profanity in women. Shivacharya held women in  highest esteem and actually gave them the “urn knowledge” through the mouth of Brahma. They were called the”Bharat Mata Shaktis” and later called “Shiv Shaktis”. The Shiv Shaktis were considered the right hand of God Shiva. The chief among the Shiv women Shaktis is saraswati, also called Jagadamba, the world Mother. Shankaracharya on the other hand considered  women to be the “gateway to hell”. He referred to them by many vicious names and would not even make eye contact with them or even permit them to sit in close proximity where satsangs were performed. In fact Shivacharya advocated that all women even the dirty poor and the downtrodden should be given this spiritual knowledge that they to can become elevated and posses inner beauty and divine power, where as it is written that Shankaracharya takes the beautiful mothers and in one swipe deems them ugly. This is only because, he says, men fall prey to lust when they are in the company of women. He considers women as “snakes” although they are they were chosen by God to give birth and continue creation. Shiva however changes women from being trapped in the “temples of the vices” to the “temples of the virtuous” and describes by Tulsidass as “bandar semandar”.


Omnipresence, Action and the Bondage of karma. Shankaracharya, together with many others in the path of devotion teaches that God is omnipresent. This teaching is widespread to the extent people is of the belief that God is physically here, there and everywhere. Some people believe that God is in the pebbles and stones, the earth, the trees and in every imaginary thing or space. Sannaysis believe that  the soul is immune to the effects of the action and it is the body that accumulates sin. Shivacharya gives His Introduction as one who is not subjected to birth or death and is above the bondages of karma. He  does not take birth, similar to humans, nor does He have a body as human beings. He says his home is paramdham, far beyond the sun, moon and the stars in the region of the brahm element of golden red light , where there is no sound or actions. His only incarnation is “divine one” where he incarnates into the body of Brahma to impart the knowledge of the Gita at the end of the kalpa in the confluence age. Shankaracharya  who first takes birth in the copper age or in the 8th century AD is subjected to birth and death  and is tired to the bondage of karma. According to Shivacharya, no one can escape the bondage of karma nor can they practice complete renunciation of action. Shiva teaches that there is nothing as eternal liberation as all souls must return to play their path in the new cycle. No one can escape this predestined eternal drama. As a result, he says there is partial liberation for half of a kalpa. Shiva says that once you have adopted a body to play a role, you must perform actions. There fore sannyasis only are able to perform limited renunciation.


Merging  of the soul  and the Supreme Soul . Shivacharya teaches that once a soul leaves Soul’s world and enter the cycle of birth and death, it continues that role until the end of the cycle when the soul must be purified before returning to the souls world. Shiva says that souls do not merge with the supreme soul. Each soul is distinct and has as destined position in the genealogical soul’s tree. All souls are identical in the form and shape including the supreme Soul. Shankaracharya , on the other hand, teaches the merging of the souls with the supreme soul as well as the escape from the cycle or purity and impurity.


Children and Followers. Those who churn, imbibe and inculcate the elevated directions imparted by Shivacharya through the mouth of Brahma are called his “followers”. Shiva is called the Father, Teacher and Satguru whereas  Shankaracharya  is only a Guru.  Such is the great difference between Shivacharya and Shankaracharya .


The  Liberator and Peacemaker. Shivacharya liberates the whole world and showers blessings on every one. As a Peacemaker, He creates peace. Shivacharya is the only one who can establish peace that lasts for half a kalpa  or 21 births. All others including Shankaracharya can only give you. Temporary peace. This is because one needs constant sustenance to ward off the vices and that is not possible at the time of Shankaracharya.  Shankaracharya understood, realized and experienced peace possibly because of a noble and elevated birth. Although he described it for his followers in 40 step, he did not know the method how to destroy the vices.


Avatar or Divine  Incarnation. Shivacharya has said that he is not subjected to birth or death, as He is the Supreme Soul, the supreme Master. One descent and incarnation is a divine birth in which He used the body of  Brahma to impart the knowledge of the Gita  and then returns to Paramdham. There is therefore no further incarnation of Shivacharya in any corporeal form or otherwise for  the rest of the cycle. Shankaracharya on the other hand takes human birth and is subjected to birth and death. the philosophy he taught was based on the scriptures of previous saints and sages and incorporated his understanding and experience as captured in his innumerable commentaries. He was very articulate and was an excellent debater of his philosophy. There are claims from many that they are divine incarnation of deities as well as avatars. This may be so, but according to Shivacharya, they are certainly not incarnations of God the Supreme Soul.


Shankaracharya was an Indian philosophy in the 8th century AD, who founded Advaita or non-dualistic vedanta. He has written  extensively on the major Upanishads and has fully expounded on the Vedantic principles.he has written “self knowledge” where exclusively discussed the identity between the Atman and Brahman. Shankaracharya exclusively advocates that the real, experimental knowledge of the Brahman/Atman identity is sufficient to get enlightened, and that as far as spiritual seekers are ready to sacrifice everything to obtain this spiritual wisdom, they  need neither rituals nor meditation as spiritual exercise. Shankaracharya utilized  extensive dialectic discussions to dispel almost all arguments by his opponents who ask him why “One” (the Brahma/ Atman identity) becomes many (this phenomenal world), Shankaracharya answer that it is because of our lack of knowledge which makes us “superimpose” the false on the real, and believe that “one” looks many.



Shankaracharya  Birth and Childhood. The following is based upon accounts know through oral tradition  and text like the Madhavlya Shankara Vijayam. There exist some controversy about shankara’s date, but most traditions are quite unanimous about other details. Shankara was born to the Nambudiri Brahmana couple, Sivaguru and Aryamba, in a little village called Kaladi in Kerala. The couple had remained child less at the Vadakkunnathan temple in nearby Trichur. Siva is said to have appeared to the couple in a dream and promised them a choice of a son who would be a shortlived but the most brilliant philosopher of his day, or many sons who would be mediocre at best. The couple opted for a brilliant, but short-lived son, and so Sankara was born.


Sankara lost his father when quite young, and his mother performed his upanayana ceremonies with the help of her relatives. Sankara excelled in all branches of tradition vaidika learning. Sankara was filled with the spirit of renunciation early in his life, though his mother was anxious to see him as a grhast. Once when he was swimming in the river, a crocodile caught hold of his leg. Sankara sensed that he was destined to die and he performed the fourth Asrama of the Samnyasa right instantly. The crocodile released him and Sankara became a guru. He promised his mother to conduct her funeral rights, notwithstanding the fact that he would be a sannyasi.


Sankara excelled as he expounded the Vedanta philosophy and attached many intelligent disciples. He conducted the funeral rites of his mother against everyone’s  wishes. At 32 he retired to the Himalayas and disappeared in a cave near kedarnath. However there are many claims to his final days and place of death.



In a work called Sadhana Panchakam written in the 8th century, the following 40 steps were extracted by swami Chinmayananda.


Study the vedas daily. Perform diligently the duties ordained by them. Dedicate all these actions as your worship of the lord. Renounce all desires in the mind. Wash away the hoards of sin in the bosom. Recognize that the pleasures of sense objects are riddled with pain. Seek the self with constant endeavor. Escape from the bondage of “home”.


Seek companionship with men of wisdom. Be establish in firm devotion to the lord. Cultivate virtues such as peace. Avoid all desire-ridden actions. Surrender to a perfect master. Daily serves his sandals. Worship OM the immutable. Listen in depth to the Upanishadic declarations.


Constantly reflect upon the meaning of the Upanishadic Great statements. These are the following four pithy expressions. Take refuge in the truth of Brahman. Avoid perverse arguments. Constantly follow the discriminative rationales of the scriptures. Be absorbed in the attitude “I am Brahma”. Renounce pride. Give up the idea “I am the body”. Give up arguments with the wise.


Hunger and disease get treated. Daily take the medicine of food collected in your begging bowl. Beg no delicious  food. Constantly live upon whatever comes to your lot. Endure all pairs of opposites. Avoid wasteful talks. Be Indifferent.


In solitude live joyously. Quiet the mind in the supreme Lord Realize and see the all-prevading Self everywhere. Recognize that the finite world is a projection of the self. Conquer the effects of the deeds done in earlier lives by the present right actions. Through wisdom became detached from future karmas. Experience and exaust the past actions that have started karmic effects. Thereafter live absorbed in the state “I am Brahman”.