[Advaita-l] Vedastuti part I
skbhattacharjya at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 12:33:31 CDT 2008
Yes, Sridharacharya was an advaitin and so also was Keshava Kashmiri
Bhattacharya (who initiated Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and given the latter
the shodadakshiya Mahamantra). I have read it in the Tattvaprakashika,
the commentary of the Bhagavad Gita by Keshava Kashmiri Bhattacharya.
However the Gaudiya scholars do not admit the exalted status of
Keshava Kashmiri Bhattacharya. Bhagawat purana is an Advaitic text and
it also has Dvaitic ideas as one realises the Dvaitic truth before
realising the ultimate Advaitic truth. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa said
beautifully how all the three concepts Dvaita, Visishtadvaita and
Advaita are valid. It is like Hanuman told Lord Rama that as the
embodied individual he was the servant of the Lord, as the embodied
soul (jiva) he was the part of the Lord and looking from the Atmic
angle he was the Lord Himself, ie there was no difference between the
Atma and the Paramatma. Madhvacharya selected only 1600 Dvaitic verses
out of the total of 18,000 verses of the Bhagawat purana for his
expositon on the Bhagawat purana.
Sunil K. Bhattacharjya
On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM, NARAYANA MURTHY
<malahanikareswara at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Shri Jaldhar Vyas mahASayA, this has reference to your reference to shridharacharya as considered by gaudiyas which is mentioned below.
> The most influential commentator, shrIdharAcharya is claimed by gauDIyas as one of
> their own but in fact was an advaitin too.
> There is factual inaccuracy.
> Gaudiyas do not claim shridharacharya as one of their own but denounce him in no uncertain terms
> for more information, you can go through the earlier discussion under "Gaudiya discussions" under the topic "Caitanya, Sridhar Svami and Sankara, Elkman's edition of Tattva-sandarbha" (one of shatsundarbha composed by Sh RUpagoswAmin)
> very detailed and interesting 18 page discussion on the above topic can now be found at :
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