23 January, 2014

The Philosopher had knowledge his wife had wisdom

This is a true story.

A rebel who was also a reformer, challenged the philosopher to a debate the one who would be defeated would leave the society for good.

The debate went on for 15 days and ultimately the philosopher accepted defeat.

The philosopher’s wife then challenged the reformer. Now she was face to face with the person who could answer all, the person who no one could defeat.

She did not ask him any question from philosophy or Vedas or any high level study.

She asked him a simple question on sexual union between man and woman, a subject which the reformer could not answer since he was an ascetic.

Having known her opponent to be a renunciate she put the right question for the right opponent; for she was a woman of wisdom who analyzed her opponent well………the story goes on.

In this true story the rebel, the reformer happens to be Adi Shankaracharya, the philosopher Maṇḍana Miśra and his wife Ubhaya Bhāratī.

I have always believed that women have more mental strength than men.

Adi Shankaracharya rebelled against the brahmin lobby (self-appointed custodians of religion) and challenged all, he travelled Indiawide establishing monasteries and reestablishing ancient temples and propagating his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers.

In my other articles I have written why he started the tradition of the char dham yatra and gave the science of the eternal flame to the Badrinath temple (a flame which keeps on burning)

Click on links:



Reason behind the Char Dham Yatra


Akhand Jyoti (eternal flame) at the Badrinath temple 

Where women are worshiped, there the gods dwell. ………Rig Veda.



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