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Sri Madhvacharya

Saints & Life History Accounts

Recently there came a write-up which has been introduced to the public as ‘official statement from UM.’ 

Following are my observations on the said official statement & these observations are limited to the historical antecedents mentioned therein.

ANTIQUITY OF ‘DISPUTED’ STORY & ITS REFERENCES:

As there were few allegations that the present subject-matter i.e. the ‘disputed’ story that went viral has been woven by a present pontiff of a particular Matha. In order to reject such allegations, the official statement of the said Matha tried to prove that the story is quite old and dates back to 1970s or even before that. Following references have been cited in the write-up:

  1. ‘Madhusudana Saraswati Charitam’ by an Advaita scholar Damodaraashrama. Published in 1994 by Delhi Sahitya Academy.
  2. ‘Vyasacharitre mattu Vimarshe’ (History of Vyasa & Its Criticism/Review) by V.N. Deshikacharya. Published in 1971.
  3. Mahamahopadhyaya Abhyankara Vasudeva Sastry who mentioned the story in one of his writings.
  4. ‘Kaashi kaa Panditya Paramparaa’ (Literary Lineage of Kashi) a Hindi book by Acharya Baladeva Upadhyaya. Published in 1983 by Varanasi University.

According to the author of the ‘official statement’ all the above works carry the ‘disputed’ story albeit with some alterations here & there. 

For the benefit of non-Kannada readers, let me present the gist of each reference in English.

Recently, an audio clip that contained a legend associated with a popular polemical work titled Advaita Siddhi written by Madhusudana Saraswati from Sankara’s Advaita School gone viral. This Advaita Siddhi is a rebuttal of Vyasatirtha’s Nyanamruta.

Here is a translation (not verbatim but the essence of the speech).

Introduction:

2016 is the third successive year into which I am carrying the “Search of Sri Jayatirtha’s Brindavana” by adding the new found evidences and facts.

This latest series of articles to be published under a common title “In Search of Jayatirtha’s Brindavana – Addendum 2016” shall be dealing with the following topics:

  1. The objections raised by Mr. Narahari Sumadhwa on my 3rd book on the said topic.
  2. The Facebook discussion initiated by Mr. Vishwapriya Anand Vedagarbha on Dasara Padagalu.

I have tried my level best to provide as many evidences and facts as possible and put the efforts to focus on the core topic than getting sidelined by the hatred or bias. 

Sri Jayatirtha and his mula brindavana has become a dispute between two Madhva mathas and many arguments are being exchanged since 2014. This issue is not as infathomable as Bermuda Triangle or Shangrila city. It only needs a little bit of commonsense, an unfalsified will and an unbiased research. More importantly, this issue demands for the unity of mindsets under the grace of Sri Jayatirtharu himself. I don't think that the future generations shall ever waste their time to dispute for the sake of dispute and there shall come a day on which this issue will be closed on the merits instead of myrid blind faith.

Having said this and after a long spell of silence over Jayatirtha’s mula brindavana, I have been part of an online discussion forum in which I have posed a question Narahari Sumadhwa, the lone online voice of Malkheda, and then posted a reply to it.

It raked up the “Smarana” issue that Malkheda camp always applies to the 18th shloka of TP’s Purva Prabandha.

Also, Chiran Chidambarji, the guru for many members of that online forum, too asked a critical question on my reply.

Hereunder I reproduce the screen shots of the discussion that form the basis of the present article.

 

This article is an uncommon one as it doesn't exactly fit in to any of the categories listed on this website. But I trust that the readers will find the topic as "historical" as the others that were presented here!


 

Sanatana Dharma’s grandiose lies in its simplicity and inclusivity.

It not only reveres fellow humans but also the meanest animals, plants and lifeless objects such as hills and rivers!

Sanatana Dharma recognizes the quadrate of Mother, Father, Teacher and the Guest as the most venerable persons in whom the God dwells-in, always!. Amongst these four revered persons, Dharma treats Mother as the personification of unequivocal love and compassion.

In His avatars of Kapila, Rama and Krishna, the SupremeGodhead Vishnu has demonstrated utmost devotion towards mothers. Following His footsteps, Madhva Gurus too have exhibited undeterred devotion and reverence towards their mothers.

This article is a humble obeisance to those Gurus who should be the role models for the new generation to learn and follow.

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