Shailacarya, Śailācārya, Shaila-acarya: 2 definitions


Shailacarya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śailācārya can be transliterated into English as Sailacarya or Shailacarya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shailacharya.

In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shailacarya in Vedanta glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Siddhanta Sangraha of Srisailasarya

Śailācārya (शैलाचार्य) or Śrīśailācārya is the author of the Siddhānta Saṅgraha: a Sanskrit book dealing with Viśiṣṭādvaita and closely following the philosophical model of Vedānta Deśika.—Śrī Śailācārya was identified as the author of Siddhānta Saṅgraha from the colophon of the work. It states that he belonged to Tiruvaraṅgam Āṇḍān Śrī Śailā family. He was the son and the pupil of Śrī Raṅgarāja Mahādeśika, by whose grace he has performed many sacrifices such as Vājapeya. He was also known as Śrī Śailā Deśika. This may be due to his mastery over the subject or due to the reverence paid to Śrī Vedānta Deśika or because of his father’s name.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shailacarya in Purana glossary
Source: Yoga Vasishtha Maharamayana

Śailācārya (शैलाचार्य) or Śrīśailācārya refers to one of the previous incarnations of Puṇya (son of the sage Dīrghatapas), according to the Yogavasistha 5.20.—Accordingly, as Puṇya said to his brother Pāvana:—“[...] I also remember the several births that I had to undergo in my state of (spiritual) ignorance, and then as I see clearly before my enlightened sight. [...] I was a chakora wood in the village of Andhara, and a ruler in the snowy regions; and then as the proud son of a priest named Sailacharya in a hilly tract”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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