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Gauḍapāda (Sanskrit गौडपाद) c.6th century CE), also referred as Gauḍapādācārya, was an early medieval era Hindu philosopher and scholar of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy. While details of his biography are uncertain, his ideas inspired others such as Adi Shankara who called him a Paramaguru (highest teacher).Gaudapada was the author or compiler of the Māṇḍukya Kārikā, also known as Gaudapada Karika. The text consists of four chapters (also called four books), of which Chapter However, doctrinally Gaudapada's work is Vedantic. Vedānta gives freedom and options to be taken by different maturity levels and mindsets which leads to similar experience of physical and mental wellbeing and enlightenment as the end result of peace and Harmony found within and in society following such freedom of thought and expression with respect. The first three chapters of Gaudapada's text have been influential in the Advaita Vedanta tradition. Parts of the first chapter that include the Mandukya Upanishad have been considered a valid scriptural source by the Dvaita and Vishistadvaita schools of Vedanta.Sakata people
The Sakata people, or Basakata, are one of the Bantu peoples of Central Africa, and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are indigenous to the Mai-Ndombe Province, formerly part of Bandundu Province. They speak the Sakata language, and Lingala as their lingua franca.Shri Gaudapadacharya Math
Shri Gaudapadacharya Math (Sanskrit: श्री संस्थान गौडपदाचार्य मठ, Śrī Sansthāna Gauḍapadācārya Maṭha), also known as Kavaḷē maṭha (कवळे मठ) located in Kavale, Ponda, Goa is the oldest matha of the Smarthan Saraswat Brahmins. It was founded by Gauḍapāda around 230 BC whose student was Govinda Bhagavatpada, the guru of Adi Shankara, a highly influential figure in Hinduism. There is also a belief that Gauḍapāda himself established the Shri Gaudapadacharya matha when he lived in Gomantak (Goa). Thus, the matha came to be known as Shri Saunstan Gaudapadacharya matha. Unlike other mathas, Shri Gaudapadacharya matha is not a polemical center established to influence the faith of all Hindus, its jurisdiction is limited to only Dakshinatya Saraswat Brahmins. The Peetadhipathi "head monk" is Śrī Gauḍapadācārya. Smartist Goud Saraswat Brahmins and Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin are its main disciples
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.