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Madhvacharya e book

Madhvacharya e book

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(Life and Teachings)
By
Bannanje Govindacharya
(Kannada Original)
English version by
Dr.K.Krishnamurthy & Dr.U.P.Upadhyaya
Originally published by
Shri Bannanje Sanmana Samiti, Poorna Prajna Vidyapeetha, Bangalore - 560 028, 1997
Electronic version published by
Tara Prakashana, 3, Sunberry Drive, Penfield, NY 14526E-mail: info@taraprakashana.orgOn Sri Madhva Jayanti, Pramathi samvatsara
All rights reserved by Tara Prakashana
 
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Foreword
Acharya Madhva, the 13th century saint and philosopher, incarnated in Parashurama Kshetra (present dayDakshina Kannada in Karnataka State).Acharya Madhva propounded in his teachings that there are two realities in the Universe. The first one is calledas Independent reality that is God Himself and the second is the dependent reality comprising of the universe,matter and souls. Acharya Madhva established 8
maTha
s called
ashTamaTha
s in Udupi, besides installing LordKrishna there, and one
maTha
outside Udupi, all for the propagation of 
 bhakthi
which is the quintessence of Vedic lore.
Vidyavachaspati
Shri Bannanje Govindacharya's name ranks as one of the top most among the contemporaryscholars and exponents of 
adhyAtma
of our country. He had edited the
Sarvamula Granthas
of ShriMadhvacharya from the original manuscript of Hrishikesha tirtha, the first disciple of Acharya Madhva. He canalso speak and write with authority and depth on Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavatha,Bhagavadgeetha and Samskrutha literature. His expressions through words, written and said, carry newdimensions and inner vision to the people who read and hear him.Bangalore 29.5.1997Shri Bannanje Gonvidacharya’s Sixtieth Birthday Felicitation Samiti,Bangalore.
 
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MADHVACHARYA
Vasudeva
Karnataka is a land that has nurtured all religions, which has supported intellectuals and which has given theworld great thinkers and saints.For instance, let us take the three celebrated Acharyas. Acharya Sankara is from Kerala. But Sringeri, one of themost important religious centers (
maTha
s) established by him, is situated in Karnataka. Acharya Ramanuja isfrom Tamil Nadu. But his favorite place Melukote is in Karnataka. As for Acharya Madhva, he is of course aglorious son of Karnataka and proud gift of Karnataka to the field of World Philosophy.In Karnataka, who does not know South Kanara District? And in the district, the
taluk 
of Udupi, and, in thatagain, the city of Udupi with the temple of Krishna holding the churning-rod? Belle
1
is a village about eightkilometers south of Udupi. Close to it is a lovely hamlet called Paje
2
bounded by rocks and hillocks. AcharyaMadhva was born in this unknown hamlet. This inconspicuous village came to be celebrated as a holy place of pilgrimage by the birth of this Acharya. It gained celebrity as 'Pajaka-Ksetra'.We should go back 744 years from now. As many as 4338 years have passed since the inception of the Kali-yuga
3
and the 4339th year is running. Indeed, the Vijayadasami, following Navaratri, in the bright half of themonth Asvayuja in the year Vilambi (1238 CE) is a day of great festivity. On the afternoon of that day, AcharyaMadhva was born in this tiny hamlet of Kamataka
4
. The name given to the child by his father was 'Vasudeva'.The Acharya's father belonged to the family of Nadillaya
5
. Narayana Panditacharya who wrote a biography of the Acharya has not recorded the names of the Acharya's parents. But it is believed by some that the father'sname was Nadillaya Narayana Bhatta and the mother's name was Vedavati.
Purnaprajna: Anandatirtha: Madhva
Even from childhood, the religious student Vasudeva had spiritual leanings. He was drawn to the path of renunciation. Further, he possessed an extraordinary intelligence. While the parents were eager to prepare him

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