In his Caitanya-bhagavata commentary Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati says that Visvarupa accepted sannyasa in the Sri Sankara sampradaya and became famous by the name Sri Sankararanya. But he doesn’t mention the name of his sannyasa-guru. (Adi-khanda 7.73 commentary)
Has Sri Visvarupa wrote anything before and after his belonging to Sri Sankara sampradaya? and what would the name of his guru be after his new name taking, i would like to know too to what does his name mean out about from sanskrit?
Thank so Much
On Visvarupa’s sannyasa name:
“Visvarupa accepted sannyasa in the Sri Sankara-sampradaya and became famous by the name Sri Sankararanya. At that time there were ten names for sannyasis being used in the Sankara-sampradaya. The name Aranya is one of those ten names. These ten names for sannyasis were previously used in the Visnusvami-sampradaya. After these Visnusvami sannyasis had a quarrel with the ekadandi-sannyasis from the Sivasvami-sampradaya, they entered into the Sankara-sampradaya. In the original Visnusvami-sampradaya, however, there were 108 names used for sannyasis. By the influence of the Sivasvami-sampradaya, the Vedic sannyasi names were reduced to ten after the time of Sankaracarya.” Caitanya-Bhagavata, Adi 7.73.commentary
In the Sankara-sampradaya the ten different names awarded to sannyasis are Araá¹‡ya, Ä€Å›rama, BhÄratÄ«, Giri, Parvata, PurÄ«, SarasvatÄ«, SÄgara, TÄ«rtha, and Vana. In Cc.Madhya 6.73 purport Prabhupada explains which name is given to whom. He says that a sannyasi who always lives in the forest and renounces all connection with the world in order to be elevated to the heavenly planets, where he can live in the Nandana-kanana, is called Aranya. I assume in the case of Visvarupa the pleasure forest (nandana-kanana) is Vrndavana. Shankara is a compound from sham and kara, means to create auspiciousness. Sankara and aranya become Sankararanya.
Regarding Sri Visvarupa’s sannyasa, the following information may be useful:
“According to the Sri Sri Gaudiya Vaisnava Abhidana and Acarya Folio, at the age of 16, Sri Visvarupa Prabhu took sannyasa at Kasi from Sripada Krsna Bharati and received the name Sri Sankararanya.”
Hoping this meets everyone in a blissful mood serving Srila Prabhupada. Haribol!
Jai Sri Radhe!
Ys, jaya vijaya das