Story-day is for cultural exploration, puraanas and parables and finding out about leading lights in spiritual philosophy.
Last week you were given a swath of words telling something of the story of Adi Shankaraacharya, deemed the 'father of Advaita Vedanta'. Actually it existed before the time of Bhaashya Kaara, however it was not at all ordered, not accessible; this saint collated, treatised and was thus responsible for bringing a disparate, disorganised theory into a cohesive philosophical structure. It is therefore fitting to look at his own story from a number of angles.
In this video (part two next week) you will here Swami Ishwarananda talking on the work of the Great Saint of Advaita. This is not repetition, rather you will hear what the process and basis for advaita is as put forward by Adi Shankara, whose use of logic is unparalleled. Much will be put into context with scripture also.
Swami-ji is the resident aachaarya for Los Angeles CM and is a direct disciple of Gurudev. Attune your ears! You are reminded to worry not about use of Sanskrit or Hindi during the talk, these do not greatly affect the understanding of the subject as a whole. There is one term used very early which is worth noting; in referring to the Chaarvaka (materialist) philosophy, 'piina, kaama, sunno' is said; this means 'wine, women, song'. (tip - intro is four minutes, so you may wish to skip to minute 4:15 ... also note how wonderful Swami-ji's OM chant is!!!)