[Advaita-l] Was madhusudhana Saraswathi influenced by Gaudiya school

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 08:37:36 CDT 2011

Madhusudana is very reverential to Sankara, who he often refers to as the
"venerable one". Otherwise, one cannot fault his conclusive style. What
really irks me is advaitins  saying he was influenced by other schools (did
not use vaishnavas because if properly understood it best describes
advaitins).  I am okay with any claim but please provide proof not just an
opinion. i can understand other schools claiming he was influenced by them
to take up bhakti.

We all know Madhusudana debated Madhwas. In the case of Ramanuja, he even
finds fault in his ability to deconstruct compound words. For e.g. in
sarvabhutatmabhutama, he says how the construct leads to redundancy.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM, Srikanta Narayanaswami <
srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:

> While it is certain that the impact of Bhakthi is discerned from
> Madhusudhana Saraswathi's commentary "gudartha deepika"on Bhagawad Gita,we
> can also see a clear and discernible
> departure from the "Prasanna gambhira"style of Shankara's Brahma Sutra
> Bhashya and the uncompromising style  in Sureshwara's "Naishkarmya siddhi"in
> his Adwaita siddhi.To be impartial there are certain sections in "Adwaita
> siddhi"which is hard to understand if not difficult and sounds post
> -Ramaunujacharyan and Madhwan influence on some of the Adwaitins of that
> day.Even now there are some Adwaitins who vouch for Ramanuja like Swami
> Paramarthananda Saraswathiji.Definitely,there was a transition stage in
> Madhusudhana saraswathi who tended to reconcile the Bhakthi and Jnana.
> N.Srikanta.
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