[Advaita-l] Debunking Drishti-Srishti Vada and Eka Jiva Vada - part 1

Aditya Kumar kumaraditya22 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 23 14:21:44 EDT 2017

But SSS feels it is the Bhamati - Vivarana and works that followed them that are alien to Shankara. He is of the opinion that the Ramanuja and Madhva schools sprung up only because of these post-Shankara works which distorted Shankara's Advaita. So, there are opinions about the Bhamati that are opposed to yours.

A :  Yes, I am well aware of it. But SSS himself has a brand new version of Avidya/Maya and so many concepts which are alien to everyone (Bhamati/vivarana/Shankara). 

The Advaitasiddhi is very much studied in the orthodox tradition. Three scholars in Chennai expounded that work for about nine years. It is also being taught formally to a few people who have the formal tarka/vyakarana/mimamsa background. In the North also there are traditional scholars who have studied and are teaching it. Vidvan Sri Rajaram Shukla is just one such renowned scholar from Varanasi. For that matter even the Bhamati-Kalpataru-Parimala is not widely studied/taught. Most people stick to just the Bhashya and maybe to the Ratnaprabha. The Advaita Ratna Rakshanam by Sri Madhusudhana Saraswati is now being taught by MM Sri Krishamurti Sastrigal in Chennai. This book was recently published by the Sringeri Peetham. The Khandanakhandakhādya of Sriharsha is being taught by Sri Mani Dravid Sastrigal and the Svarajyasiddhi is expounded by Sri Goda Venkatesha Sastrigal. All these scholars are honoured by the Sringeri and Kanchi Peethams. In the Sringeri annual Mahaganapati Vakyartha Sadas there is at least one presentation on Advaitasiddhi. On one occasion a young Dvaita scholar, Vidwan Sri Venkataramana, made a presentation there. My own Acharya Sri D.S.Subbaramaiya in his two-volume English work on Sri Dakshnamurtistotram of Shankara published by the Sringeri Peetham has cited the Advaitasiddhi and its commentary. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Madhus%C5%ABdana_Sarasvat%C4% AB

Some two dozen works are listed as authored by Madhusudana Saraswati.  A famous verse about his vast knowledge, which even Dvaitins know of, is:

मधुसूदनसरस्वत्याः पारं वेत्ति सरस्वतीपारं वेत्ति सरस्वत्याः मधुसूदनसरस्वती
Meaning: (Only) the Goddess of Learning, Sarasvati knows the limits of (knowledge of) Madhusūdana Sarasvati. And Madhusūdana Sarasvati knows the limits of (knowledge of) Goddess Sarasvati.
HH Sringeri Jagadguru Siri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswaminaḥ’s tribute to Sri Madhusudana Saraswati, the author of the Advaita siddhi and its commentator Brahmananda Saraswati for their monumental work in reply to the Nyāyāmṛtam of Sri Vyāsatīrtha:

मधुसूदनसन्मौनिब्रह्मानन्दगुरू न् भजे ।अद्वैतराजमार्गोऽयं याभ्यां निष्कण्टकीकृतः ॥  [A free translation: Obeisance to the venerable Sannyāsin Sri Madhusudana Saraswati and Sri Brahmananda Saraswati by whom (the two of them) the Royal Path of Advaita has been rendered free of thorns.]
A : Thank you for sharing this information. 

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