The lion of Vedanta appeared;
the universe of duality rejoiced.
Vaisakha Shukla Panchami is said to be the Jayanthi of Shri Adi Sankaracharya. Some material:
From the preface to Viveka Chudamani by John Grimes:
Unbelievably multi-faceted, he was a teacher, a thinker, a reformer, a commentator, an organizer, a philosopher, a poet, a theologian, a missionary, a mystic, a scholar, a saint, a siddha, a mukta, a divine incarnation, a living legend.
The famous Guru Shisya parampara of Vedanta:
Dakshinamurthi, the primordial Guru is universally understood and then:
Narayanam Padmabhuvam [PadmaBhuvam: one who is born from lotus. Brahma is said to be be born from the a lotus that was rooted in the navel of Shri Vishnu]
Vasistham [Deva Guru] Saktimca tatputra [Shakti: the son of Vasistha] Parasaranca [Vyasa's father] Vyasam Sukam [Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas. Suka, the son of Vyasa and had recited Bhagavatham to Parikshit. Here ends the familial-guru-sishya-parampara.]
Gaudapadam mahantam Govinda Yogindra athasya sishyam Sri Sankaracharya athasya [Begin the parampara when the Guru's were renunciates. Gaudapada is the Guru of GovindaPada, who in turn in the Guru of Shankara.]
Padmapadamca Hastamalakancha sisyam tam Totakam varttika-kara [The shisya-parampara of Shri Shankara: Padmapada, Hastamalaka, Totaka and Sureshwara (varttika-kara?)] manyan asmad gurun santata-manatosmi [I bow to all of them.]
[Annotation by me.]
Greatness of Shankara's life and teachings (from advaitin mailing list): 1, 2, 3 and 4
Some of Shankara's works from Sanskrit Documents.
From Shankaracharya.org, the famous NisargaDatta Maharaj's I am That is available online.
A succint biography of Shankara, with references to a lot of works.
My other links on the same book: review and shloka on Shankara, transcript and thoughts on Shri AdiShankaracharya, the movie.
The title of the post is from Totakastakam.
Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Gocharam Tam aGocharam
Govindam Paramanandam Sat-gurum-Pranatosymyaham.