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

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 06:02:13 EDT 2020

You can also read other papers of Prof. Bronner, like
on his website


On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 5:25 AM Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan <
rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:

> If you haven’t read this already
> http://yigalbronner.huji.ac.il/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Renaissance-Man-in-Memory.pdf
> Not addressing your question, but interesting read nevertheless.
> Ramakrishnan
> On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 11:06 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.
>> FACT:
>> 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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