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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

Happy Vallabha Jayanti 2012!

The Jigyasa Team would like to wish all Pushtimargiya Vaishnava devotees a Happy Vallabha Jayanti! ॥ श्री कृष्ण शरणं मम॥ || śrī kṛṣṇa śaraṇaṁ mama || श्री गोवर्धन नाथ पाद युगलं हे यंगवीन प्रियं। नित्यं श्री मधुराधिपं सुखकरं श्री विट्ठलेशं मुदा॥ śrī govardhana nātha pāda yugalaṁ he yaṁgavīna priyaṁ | nityaṁ śrī madhurādhipaṁ sukhakaraṁ śrī viṭṭhaleśaṁ mudā … Continue reading

The Philosophy of Vishishtabrahmadvaita Vedanta

Literature According to the Swaminarayana fellowship, Sahajananda Swami recognised the vast amount of Vedic literature, though he found only a hand full of texts which he deemed authoritative for this fellowship[1]. As Sahajananda Swami was already ordained into the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya, he adopted the commentaries of Ramanuja on the Brahma Sutras and Bhagavad Gita … Continue reading

The Life of Swaminarayana

Sahajananda Swami, the main exponent of the Swaminarayana fellowship was born in Chhapaiya near Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh to a Sarvariya Brahmin family. The precise year of his birth accepted unanimously by western academics and the tradition alike designate 3rd April 1781 A.D. as Sahajananda Swami’s birth date, coinciding with the birth date of Lord Rama, … Continue reading

The Giants of Hindu Philosophy

A great depiction of revered personalities of the Hindu tradition, though one picture cannot do justice to the amount of Sages and Saints of India. The sanskrit saying above the personalities reads ‘Amrutasya putaha’ – The Sons of Immortality

Samkhya Karika with Commentary of Gaudapada

For a detailed explanation of Samkhya philosophy please read article (https://jigyaasaa.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/sa%E1%B9%81khya-darsan-the-theoretical-school-of-enumeration/) Below are a series of lectures based on the Sankhya Karika of Isvara Krsna with the commentary of Gaudapada by Dravidacharya Sri Ramakrishnan Swami. The series deals with the elucidation of each verse of the Karika with a detailed explanation. Verse 1 – 7 … Continue reading

External Article: Complete Biography on Ramanuja: is the last of the titans after Shankaracharya and Udayana

By Arvind Kumar – Complete Biography on Ramanuja: is the last of the titans after Shankaracharya and Udayana (http://www.preservearticles.com/2011100414569/complete-biography-on-ramanuja-is-the-last-of-the-titans-after-shankaracharya-and-udayana.html) Ramanuja (traditional dates 1017-1137, according to Romila Thapar) is the last of the titans after Shankaracharya and Udayana who occupied the centre stage of Indian philosophical and religious thought in the medieval age. Born at Tirupati … Continue reading

The Life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya, the main inspirer of the Achintya bheda abheda philosophy was born in the city of Navadvip to a Bengali Brahmin family, though the exact birthplace is contested within the tradition between Nadia and Mayapur. There is some controversy regarding the exact birth of Chaitanya, with the majority holding 1486 A.D. and a few academics suggesting … Continue reading

Shuddhaadvaita Vedanta – The philosophical school of pure non-dualism

Literature According to Pushti Margiya Vaishnavism, Vallabha although appreciated the vast corpus of Vedic literature he mainly derived his authority from the prasthana trayi[1] with a special emphasis on a fourth[2], the Srimad Bhagavatam, which he used to derive majority of his philosophy and authenticate his point. Unlike previous schools, Vallabha did not conform to … Continue reading

The Life of Vallabhacharya

Vallabhacharya, the main exponent of shuddhadvaita philosophy was born in Bihar in the village of Champaranya to a Vellanateeya Telugu Brahmin family. The precise year of his birth accepted by western academics and the tradition alike designate 1479 A.D. as Vallabha’s birth date. According to traditional narrations within the sect, Vallabha, an incarnation of Agni, … Continue reading

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