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

Shashi Vishwanath raghavadasa at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 09:48:08 EDT 2020

It’s so sad.

Philosophical argumentation is one thing and it is good. Abusing another path is another. 

If someone truly followed Madhvas teachings 
of Bhakti and Tapasya, they would have no time 
to abuse another path.

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> On Mar 21, 2020, at 10:06 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> 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 :
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSnStrQNmuw&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0UJh7UFT72oT5QYi6LV6ovTkWvp1Y_TaVC7Fv54IACEfUsSHDATnpv8a4
> A post exposing the inaccuracies of the narrative:
> https://www.facebook.com/gokula.krishna.75/posts/3215891685087551
> 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.
> Om
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