Friday, March 20, 2009

ACK-093: Madhvacharya

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Madhvacharya taught men to look upon the world of matter and souls as real instead of as illusory and unreal in a philosophical sense. He therefore put forward a fresh ontological classification of reality into two orders, Svatantra and Paratantra - independent and dependent. God alone is the one independent reality. Hence the name Dvaita (dualism) given to his system.

Madhva freed the concept of Bhakti from the clutches of blind faith and placed it in its right perspective as informed faith in, and love of God, both based on a right understanding of his glory. He also rescued it from the pitfalls of sentimentalism, eroticism and other maladies.

Madhva lived a robust life of 79 years. He was a prolific writer in Sanskrit prose and verse. He wrote thirty-nine works which are collectively known as Sarvamula. These include commentaries on Rig Veda, Upanishads, Gita, Brahmasutras, Mahabharata, Bhagawat and critical works on logic and metaphysics, rituals and sadachara (right conduct). He also wrote a number of devotional hymns.

The Chaitanya Sampradaya of Bengal is deeply indebted to Madhva's philosophy in many respects. It includes in its guruparampara Madhva and his successors, Jayatirtha and Vyasatirtha. The followers of Madhva are found on Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra, Maharashtra, Goa and U.P.

Madhva's system has made a massive contribution to Indian philosophy through the writings of great commentators such as Jayatirtha, Vyasatirtha, Raghuthama, Vadiraja and Raghavendra, to mention only a few. The Haridasas of Karnataka, owing allegiance to Madhva philosophy, such as Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa and Jagannatha Dasa have made equally significant contributions to Kannada religious literature.

Download ACK-093 "Madhvacharya"
(34 pages, 1200 px wide, 9.9 MB)
Author: Dr BNK Sharma
Illustrator: HS Chavan
Cover: C.M.Vitankar
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Dhaval said...

First again!!

It's becoming a habit for you to give great posts (scan quality but of course and fantastic info-connection) these days. Great work TPH.

I really like that you posted an ACK depicting a saint, just after the story of bravery.. The brave and the spirituals and their mutual interaction is one of the key reasons why we are still here..
I see the reason of why we survived a couple of thousand years of invasion (as you mentioned in one of your commentes in last post)in these two aspects of India. Happy to say this:
"कुछ बात है कि हस्ती मिटती नहीं हमारी
सदियों रहा है दुश्मन, दौर-ए-जहाँ हमारा"

Saints and spiritual leaders were at aid of medieval India when common man was disappointed by its local rulers and crushed by invaders.. They kept the flame of faith and hope glowing in dark days of Hinduism, Jainism and Sufi religions (or should I say philosophies).

Good ACK, Great timing.. never had this much info on Madhavacharya. Thanks TPH.

TPH said...

@Dhaval: Yes, once again you are first here. :-)

Thanks and welcome.

You have put it wonderfully well. Braveness and spirituality are two cornerstones of the Indian culture and tradition. It is important that we keep these magnificent personalities within remembrance.

The story also presents a good account of the logical and rational system of Hindu philosophy, though all this becomes slightly difficult to grasp for ordinary minds. Madhvacharya is the one who propounded the Dvait Vedanta Ideology going against the Advait Vedant System of Adi Shakaracharya. This is the way a good civilisation progresses, by mutual thought exchange and healthy arguments.

Thanks again.

adibud34 said...

Excellent post again TPH! It's awesome - you've posted Madhavacharya here, and Prabhat has posted Shankaracharya on his other blog! Both schools of thought are thus represented now!

About that journal publication idea, let me do some digging into that issue, and then if I can find something that would be a perfect fit for the article, I'll let you know about how to send it across! I'll have to ask friends of mine who are in Communication and Media studies; but I'm sure there will be a perfect journal for that article! :)

Dhaval said...

@ adibud34
Can you please give me URL for Prabhat's other blog for Shankaracharya post?

Thanks :-)

adibud34 said...

Hi Dhaval, sure thing! Here goes the link -

You should find Shankaracharya on the first page itself! :)

TPH said...

@adibud34: Thanks and welcome buddy.

those articles were written in some casual way. You know blog readers are a different kind of audience. I think, I'll have to work on those more seriously in case your efforts produce something fruitful. I am very thankful to you.

Dhaval said...

@adibud34: Thanks for the link!

Sridhar said...

Thanks very much TPH !


TPH said...

@Sridhar: You are most welcome. It gives immense satisfaction to know that people are enjoying. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

GREAT work guys ! Terrific effort. It's so good to read all these books I read decades back

TPH said...

@Sridhar: Welcome friend.

vikki said...

Bharath is a great land of gems :)