[Advaita-l] Gayatri mantra - moderation request

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 10:51:35 CDT 2011


On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in> wrote:
> Namaste Jaladharji,
> I also request to moderate on bashings on madhva siddhanta & other faiths.
> Positive criticism is welcome but not pointing fingers against the great saints
> like Pujya Raghavendra Tirtha, Pujya Vyasaraya Tirtha, Shri Vedanta Desika etc.

We have to bow to these great Bhaktas. But when the same Bhaktas talk
against Advaita we have to fight back. Because Advaita is dearer than
any one in the world. Atma is dearer than even the wife. The Upanishad
says that.  We have to reply to  Atma criticisms from anyone whoever
they are even if they are greatest Bhaktas on earth. All the Dvaita
Bhaktas are committing mistake by making Atma  small and weak and
helpless. But Atma is Brahman not anyone. Atma is God himself.

> They are great bhagavatottamas who had savikalpa samadhi.  Lord Balakrishna used
> to give darshans before them and used to dance with His little anklets.  Shri Raghavendra
> Tirtha used to play vina to which Krishna used to dance.  Shri Vedanta Desika
> used to talk daily with Lord Venkatanatha.  Several are the divine lilas of Vyasaraya Tirtha
> who was intrumental in prANa pratiShTa of "Shri Chakra Tirtha Anjaneya" at Hampi.
> At the backdrop of this idol, a very powerful ShaTkONa yantra of Hanuman sports.
> As regards the Bandarekeri Mutt, the senior swamigal of the mutt was a great Chandikopasaka.  Inspite of His madhva belief, swamigal used to perform Rudrabhisheka
> to a small linga which he used to possess.  One of the asthana vidvans of Bandarekeri
> Mutt was Shri Pandurangachar Ji who was very close to my guruji.  He attained
> mantra siddhi in Chandi Navakshari Mula Mantra.
> It requires a special mention that one of the great madhva scholars in Andhra Pradesh
> was Shri Ananda Tirtha Ji.  He was conferred the title "Mahamahopadhyaya" from
> Banaras Hindu University.   Once in Udipi, he talked extempore for 3 hours on the
> famous sukta from Rg Veda called "prANAgni sUkta" popularly known as "Balittha Sukta".
> To his credit is a wonderful commentary on "Siva Sahasranama" that reverberates with
> Sankara Advaita.
> My guruji's kavya & alamkara acharya was a srivaishnava by name Brahmasri Lakshmanacharya.   Shri Lakshmanacharya was a medha dakshinamurty upasaka
> and attained great spiritual heights in Dakshinamurty Upasana.  The day before his
> passing away, called his sons to prepare for his antyEShTi samskaras.  Next day
> shed his mortal coil chanting "aghamarshana sukta" & "ashtakshari mantra".
> So, there are great & generous scholars in other faiths also.  Let there be more wisdom and less noise here......
> regs,
> sriram



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