[Advaita-l] Vidyaranya and vedanta deshika.

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 05:38:32 CST 2010

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 6:18 AM, srikanta <srikanta at nie.ac.in> wrote:

> Regarding you other point regarding Vedanta Desika being a clasmate or
> known by Vidyaranya,there be no need for any political implications nor
> compulsions.Vedanta Desika who studied at Kanchipuram when Vidyaranya was
> a disciple of Vidyateertha,need not be a disciple of Vidyatheertha.Both
> might have studied other subjects like Kavya or mimamsa or other subjects
> common to them.Moreover,Vidyaranya in his "sarva Darshan
> sangraha"specifically mentions Vedanta desika by his personal
> name,Venkatanatha(that the tenets of ramanuja darshana must be known only
> from venkatanatha's granthas.Vidyaranya has not mentioned so specifically
> with reference to other darshanas in his review,notably in Poornaprajna
> Darshana.

No - he mentions Madhva specifically by name and also his theory that
he is the third incarnation of the the wind-god. He also mentions
Ramanuja specifically by name with regard to the vedaartha sangraha.
AND he begins his summary of the Madhva system by specifically calling
out Madhva by his name Anandatirtha. And in the Raseshvara darshana he
specifically calls out the names of their authorities govinda bhagavat
and sarvaj~na raameshvara. AND in the nyAya system he specifically
calls out sarvaj~na, pakShila-svAmin and udayana. And so on and so on.
Perhaps all of them were class mates at kaanchiipuram? Must have been
a stellar class indeed - not to mention that they must have been
students spanning many centuries.


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