[Advaita-l] Advaita and other philosophies
rohit8ganesh at yahoo.co.in
Wed Apr 21 01:30:23 CDT 2004
Dear Saadhakas ,
While on this topic of "Advaita vs the other schools" , I would like to make certain observations especially because it was mentioned that all non- Advaitic schools decided to concentrate their energies on our Darshana .
The Maadhva school claims antiquity from the time of Lord Hamsa . They say that their first Aachaarya among humans was Shri Para Teertha Svaami . The appendage "Teertha" is clearly a Dasnanaami one . Again one of the Shankara Digvijayas ( Shri Aanand Giri's version ) declares that while on Digvijaya , Shri Hastaamlakaachaarya converted many Braahmans to Advaitic Vaishnavism nearabout Rajatapeetha ( Udipi ).This is indirectly supported by the biographers of Shri Madhvaachaarya . They say that his Guru Shri Achyutapreksha Teertha was an Advaitin .
Until the early half of the 18th century , the Gaudiya Vaishnavas did not consider themselves to be a branch of the Udipi Maadhvas . They started this tradition during an all- Vaishnava Sammelana near Jaipur in Raajasthaana .Until this time they maintained that Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu was a reformer of the old Advaita school , as his Guru was Shri Keshava Bhaarati , an Advaitin devotee of Shri Krishna.
The Gaanapatyas centred around Morgaon near Pune are unique among Vedaantins . Their most revered saint is Shri Ganesha Yogeendra Svaami , whom they call an Avataara of Lord Vinaayaka Himself . Their uniqueness is due to the fact that they acknowledge Bhagavaan Shrimad Aadi Shankara as a Guru in their Paramparaa ( which they claim is descended from the Shringeri Matha ). They follow the Advaitic school , though their philosophy is more like Shrivaishnavism , with Vishnu being replaced by Vinaayaka .However they are not fanatical , though they do claim that Lord Ganapati is the highest . They say that in Kaliyuga , when the religion of devotion to Ganapati was about to disappear , Shri Aadi Shankara saved it . They also state that Shri Shankara visited Morgaon and reformed the worship of Shri Mayooreshvara Vinaayaka there .THIS SEEMS TO BE THE ONLY SCHOOL
OF ADVAITA WHICH ACKNOWLEDGES SHRI AADI SHANKARA AS GURU. Thus this school of philosophy is unique.
With love ,
Rohit N. Ubhayaker.
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