Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankara’s contribution to Hinduism
Even in days of yore, Hinduism was subjected to severe test on account of attacks by other religions. As a result people, either lured by twisted interpretations or forced into conversion, strayed away from the path, laid with the Vedas as the base. But it has survived, in spite of shocks, because of its inherent strength and vitality.
God has seen to it that whenever there was religious degeneration, a spiritual personality appeared amidst mankind to revitalise Hinduism and establish Dharma. Lord Siva Himself manifested as Adi Sankara to reinforce the decline in its belief.
With his commentaries on the Upanishads, the Brahmasutras and the Bhagavad Gita, Adi Sankara presented to the effects of vibrant philosophy, Adwaita, and thus nullified the effects of the propaganda by innumerable other creeds and counteracted their influence.
Sri Mayavaram Sivarama Dikshitar in a discourse said besides the “Prasthanathraya” Adi Sankara had contributed hymns in deities ranging from Vinayaka to Anjaneya, enabling the people to derive benefit by their recitation. One among them is Sivananda Lahari, Making the devotee constantly of paying obeisance to the Lord and Parvathi together has been projected.
To the present-day mans, who faces crises at every stage and undergoes tormet, meditation by recitation of his hymn would fetch peace, and his mind would be cleansed of the impurities.