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Sri Adi Shankaraacharya was a prodigy. By the time he was the age most of us are thinking of University, he had travelled the length and breadth of India, learned virtually all that could be learned in Upanishadic and Vedic knowledge, taught it, written on it and established four 'matha' (or 'mutts'); centres of excellence and learning. Here is a 'snapshot' biography. Please note that full biography can be obtained from Chinmaya Publications. It is an inspiring read!
The following has been cut and pasted, with gratitude, from Kamakoti pages. It is kept intact without editing or alteration.
Lord Shiva, also known as Dhakshinamurthy, who spreads the Universal Truth not by words but by his silence and by his sign of his hand which is held in the form of "Chin Mudra".About 2500 years ago, when the spiritualisation of the people greatly reduced, all the Gods and the Rishis went to Kailash and pleaded with Lord Shiva to revive the world. Lord Shiva agreed with their request and informed that he will be born in this world. Lord Brahma, Indra and others also agreed to be born in this world to help Lord Shiva.