108 Facets of the Inimitable Guru

His Holiness Jagadguru Śrī Abhinava Vidyātīrtha Mahāsvāmin, the 35 th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham, was a sage who had attained, by the age of eighteen, the state of jīvanmukti (liberation while living), hailed by the scriptures as the greatest of all achievements, for it leaves nothing to be achieved thereafter, vouchsafing, as it does, freedom from the cycle of births and deaths. His Holiness was a consummate yogin, and an authority on scriptural matters, being a scholar par excellence especially in Tarka and Vedānta. After His Holiness shed His mortal form in 1989, His disciple and present Jagadguru Śrī Bhāratī Tīrtha Mahāsvāmin, composed an aṣṭottara-śata- nāmāvali (series of 108 nāmas) on His Guru, which describes 108 facets of His Holiness and provides a wealth of information on His life and teachings. This book offers an explanation for each of these 108 nāmas, supported by various episodes from His Holiness’s life and relevant extracts from His teachings, all of which are not only fascinating but compellingly edifying.