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Tattva’s in the light of Dvaita Vedanta of Madhva

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Documentary: Sri Ramanuja

Here is a very informative documentary on the life and teachings of the main exponent of the Vishisthadvaita Vedantic philosophy, Sri Ramanujacharya.  

External Article: Is Jiva Gosvami’s philosophy the same as Sri Caitanya’s?

By Dina Dayala dasa (Dario Knez) – Is Jiva Gosvami’s philosophy the same as Sri Caitanya’s? (http://www.dandavats.com/wp-content/uploads/Dina_Dayala_dasa_-_On_Jiva_Goswami.htm) Introduction Jiva Gosvami (1513-1598) is the youngest of the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana [1] who are honoured as genuine representatives of the teachings and faith of Caitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534). All of them, except Jiva Gosvami, were personally inspired, instructed or commissioned by Caitanya. (Kapoor, 1984, 54). It seems that Jiva did not have the privilege to … Continue reading

viśvarupa śrīnāthajī

A unique image of the deity śrīnāthajī worshipped by the puṣti mārgiya and other vaiśnava sect. viśvarupa śrīnāthajī

Definition of duḥkha/Sorrow

A very beautiful definition of duḥkha has been given by madhvācārya, the main exponent of the dualistic philosophy, though he himself references this from another text named śabda nirṇaya, judgement on words. He cites in his bhagavad gita tātparya nirṇaya commentary on verses 14.19-21 the following: दुःख दुरिति संप्रोक्तं खं नाम सुखमुच्यते | इति शब्दनिर्णये … Continue reading

īśopaniṣat – A comparative study

This series will attempt to compare and analyse the commentarial works of Shamkara, Madhva and A.C Bhaktivedanta on the īśa upaniṣad, thus providing an objective, informative and impartial view on the upaniṣad. om pūrṇamadaḥ pūrṇamidaṁ pūrṇāt pūrṇamudacyate | pūrṇasya pūrṇamādāya pūrṇamevāvaśiṣyate || om śāṁtiḥ śāṁtiḥ śāṁtiḥ || Commencing the work on the Upanishad, Shankara and … Continue reading

Film: Mystic India – Life of Lord Swaminarayana

Happy Shankara Jayanti 2012!

The Jigyasa Team would like to wish all Smarta Sampradaya devotees a Happy Shankara Jayanti! श्रुति स्मृति पुराणानाम् आलयम करुणालयम्। नमामि भगवत्पादम शंकरं लोक शंकरम्॥ śruti smṛti purāṇānām ālayama karuṇālayam | namāmi bhagavatpādama śaṁkaraṁ loka śaṁkaram || शंकरं शंकराचार्यं केशवं बादरायणम्। सुत्र भाश्य कृतौ वन्दे भगवन्तौ पुनः पुनः॥ śaṁkaraṁ śaṁkarācāryaṁ keśavaṁ bādarāyaṇam | sutra bhāśya kṛtau vande … Continue reading

The Life of Madhvacharya

Madhvacharya, the main exponent of dvaita philosophy was born in southern Karnataka in a small village of Paajakakshetra near Udipi in the Tulunadu area to a Shivalli Brahmin family. Majority of what is known about Madhvacharya are through a hagiography named Madhvavijaya, the victory of Madhva composed by his devotee and follower, Narayana Panditacharya. Although … Continue reading

Achintyabhedabheda Vedanta – The philosophical school of inconceivable oneness and difference

Literature According to Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Chaitanya concluded that Shabda Pramana[1] is the ultimate proof for knowledge and hence acknowledged that Vedic literature is the ultimate source, in particular the Srimad Bhagavatam. Though later scholars in the tradition wrote commentarial works to disseminate the Gaudiya position, Chaitanya had only written one work, composed of eight verses … Continue reading

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