Adi Shankaracharya was a philosopher and theologian from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. His works in Sanskrit discuss the unity of the Ätman and Nirguna Brahman 'brahman without attributes'. He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutras, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita) in support of his thesis. His works elaborate on ideas found in the Upanishads. Shankara's publications critiqued of rituals-oriented MÄ«mÄá¹sÄ school of Hinduism. He also explained the key difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism asserts 'Atman (Soul, Self) exists', while Buddhism asserts that there is 'no Soul, no Self
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