[Advaita-l] Sri Appayya Dikshitar vilified by a Madhva 'scholar'

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 22:57:42 EDT 2020

See post here:

In this discourse in Kannada on Kashi Mahima at 7 minutes onward the
scholar Dr.N Venkatesh Achar  weaves a story involving Sri Appayya
Dikshitar :


A post exposing the inaccuracies of the narrative:


Copying the above post here for readers' convenience:

A series of blunders made by this ignorant Madhva speaker within a very
short span of time as he speaks vilifying Srimad Appayya Dikshitendra.


Jagannatha Pandita, the celebrated Alankara-sastra Vidvan and the author of
Rasagangadhara, had a competitor known as Appayya Dikshitar who was a
resident of Kashi.
This Appayya Dikshitar was so envious of the honors offered to this
Jagannatha Pandita by "AURANGZEB".
Jagannatha Pandita was in love with the Mughal Emperor's daughter and
Appayya Dikshitar took advantage of this occasion to poison the mind of
"AURANGZEB" and got Jagannatha Pandita ousted from the kingdom. Etc etc etc.
a) Appayya Dikshitendra and Jagannatha Pandita were not contemporaries.
b) Dikshitendra was born in Adayappalam, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil
Nadu in 1520 CE and attained Sayujya-mukti in Chidambaram in 1592 CE. He
was not born in North India and he never lived in North India as this
ignorant speaker says wrongly.
c) Jagannatha Pandita lived in the 17th century in the court of Shah Jahan
and not in the court of Aurangzeb.
a) Has this speaker studied the life and works of Dikshitendra before he
blurts out nonsense? Does he have any internal evidence from the works of
Dikshitendra to show that he was a longtime resident of Kashi?
b) Even if we go by his bluff that Dikshitendra (who was separated from
Jagannatha Pandita by geography and time) was 'poisoning' the mind of
Aurangzeb, is he supporting Jagannatha Pandita's sin of marrying a Muslim?
Is spreading Smarta-hatred more dear to him than spreading message on the
observance of pure Varnashrama Dharma? Is a patita more sacred to this
speaker than a kulina Smarta brahmana who was a strict agnihotri, a pure
bhagavad-bhakta and a great Vedic scholar? Madhvas who are conscious of
maintaining an Avicchinna kula-parampara can take girls from the Smarta
community for marriage. Will any devout Madhva take a girl from a patita
family? This speaker should mind his words before speaking ill of us.


FALSE PROPAGANDA SERIES 2: Appayya Dikshitar, a resident of North India,
came to the South on hearing the glories of Vijayindra Tirthar.
Dikshitendra and Vijayindra Tirtha Swamigal were contemporaries, but they
never met each other. Adayappalam, Vellore and Chidambaram were the places
in Tamil Nadu where He lived. Dikshitendra never lived in Kumbhakonam where
Vijayindra Tirthar lived. You cannot find the name of Vijayindra Tirthar or
his books mentioned anywhere in the works of Dikshitendra. On the other
hand, it is in the works of Vijayindra Tirthar that we find innumerable
references made to the name and works of Dikshitendra.


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