OM. The Advaita Vedanta Lineage (Sampradāya) is traditionally considered to begin in the Absolute, which manifested as Śiva or Nārāyaṇa, and endowed these sacred teachings to Brahmā (the creator), who in turn passed it on to his son Vasiṣṭha, who passed it on to Śakti, Parāśara, and a long succession of wise sages up to Gauḍapāda (author of the Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad, Māṇḍūkya Kārikās’s commentary) Govindapāda (who was the Śrī Śaṇkarācārya’s Guru). From Śrī Śaṇkarā to his four disciples Sureśvarācārya, Toṭakācārya, Pādmapāda and Hastāmalaka, and again throughout a long succession of great masters and Jñānis that have kept this tradition alive up to our own Guru. salutations to the lineage that is always alive through Mahātmās’s words.
sadāśiva samārambhām śaṇkarācārya madhyamām asmadācārya paryantām vande guruparamparām
Salutations to the lineage that originates with Sadāśiva and continuous with Śrī Śaṇkarā up to my own Guru.
nārāyaṇaṁ padma-bhavaṁ vasiṣṭhaṁ śaktiṁ ca tat-putra-parāśarañca vyāsaṁ śukaṁ gauḍa padaṁ mahāntaṁ govinda-yogīndram athāsya śiṣyam śrīśaṇkarācāryam athāsya padma pādaṁ ca hastāmalakañca śiṣyam taṁ toṭakaṁ vārtika-kāram anyān asmad-gurūn santatam ānato’smi
Obeisance to Nārāyaṇa, to the lotus-born Brahmā, to Vasiṣṭha, to Śakti and Parāśara’s son to Vyāsa to Śuka and the great Gauḍapāda, to Govindapāda, the greatest of yogis, to his disciple Śrī Śaṇkarācārya, to his disciples Pādmapada, Hastāmalaka, Toṭakācārya and Sureśvarācārya, writer of the comment, and to the rest of our lineage’s Gurus, I bow forever.