Adi Shankara (Malayalam: ആദി ശങ്കരന്, Devanāgarī: आदि शङ्कर, [IAST] Ādi Śaṅkara, pronounced aːd̪i ɕaŋkərə); (788 CE - 820 CE), also known as Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya and Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, was an Indian philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of en:Advaita Vedanta, the most influential sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the en:jiva and en:Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as en:Nirguna Brahman. He hailed from Kalady of present day Kerala.
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