[Advaita-l] Fwd: 'Sri Raghavendra called Adisankara and Smarta-s offspring of harlots.'

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Dec 27 02:54:51 EST 2022

'Sri Raghavendra called Adisankara and Smartar sons of harlots.'

This is what a renowned Madhva scholar  has said with proof in his Sanskrit
and Kannada book.

Sri Raghavendra Tirtha wrote the commentary, Gitavivruti, on the Bhagavad
Gita. There in Chapter 16, on some verses of the Gita, about the nature of
demons, he says that 'those who say the world is a mithya'...then, when
commenting on the verse 16.20 that says ' the will be born in demoniacal
wombs (aasura yoni)', he has said in the commentary: that those demoniacal
births will be illegitimate ones.

Some slokas in the 16th chapter of the Gita 16th chapter:

असत्यमप्रतिष्ठं ते जगदाहुरनीश्वरम् ।
अपरस्परसम्भूतं किमन्यत्कामहैतुकम् ॥ ८ ॥
एतां दृष्टिमवष्टभ्य नष्टात्मानोऽल्पबुद्धयः ।
प्रभवन्त्युग्रकर्माणः क्षयाय जगतोऽहिताः ॥ ९ ॥
काममाश्रित्य दुष्पूरं दम्भमानमदान्विताः ।
मोहाद्गृहीत्वासद्ग्राहान्प्रवर्तन्तेऽशुचिव्रताः ॥ १० ॥
आसुरीं योनिमापन्ना
मूढा जन्मनि जन्मनि ।
मामप्राप्यैव कौन्तेय
ततो यान्त्यधमां गतिम् ॥ २० ॥

In support of this, the Madhva Vidwan says: Sri Raghavendra reports that
'Adi Shankara and all his followers are thus of demonic birth (through

This Madhva scholar has expressed the opinion (as the purport of what Sri
Raghavendra Tirtha has said) that these (Adi Shankara and those who follow
his path) are demons because of practices like 'wearing vibhuti and
rudraksha suitable for asuras'.

That Vidwan says that Swami Vidyaranya, Appayya Dikshitar etc. are of this
monstrous nature.

The pages of the book given below are in Sanskrit and Kannada, so those who
know that language can read directly from there.

Admirers of Adi Shankara and followers of his teachings may question
themselves whether they agree with Raghavendra Tirtha. The sad part is that
countless Smarta-s express devotion to Raghavendra Tirtha, blissfully
ignorant of what he has said about Adi Shankara and themselves 😢

Those who know Sanskrit can read the commentary for all the verses there.

None of this is what I am saying on my own. I have said what is in that
Madhva Vidwan's book without any exaggeration.


Raghavendra's Gita Vivruti text here:

https://archive.org/details/gitavivruti/page/n187/mode/2up (see image
below) the word 'adulterous birth' is not found there.

This Madhva Vidwan has shown the meaning of each word for that verse 16.20
as per Raghavendra. Although the commentary for the words 'aasuriim yonim
aapannaaH' of the Gita verse is not found in the Vivruti of Raghavendra in
the publications available on the net, this Vidwan has given the meaning of
'adulterer' to that word and highlighted it (see the image below) as stated
by Raghavendra. While the Vidwan has given one-to-one exact commentary of
the Vivruti for the words preceding and succeeding the expression 'aasuriim
yonim aapannaaH', he has given the term 'व्यभिचारादिजातशरीरमापन्नाः'
(endowed with bodies born of harlotry).

And he concludes that Raghavendra Tirtha himself said this. From this we
can make a guess that this word may be present in the Gita Vivruti book in
possession of this Vidwan (and not in the present editions).

See all images: https://groups.google.com/g/advaitin/c/bDU7AGFjHRg

Images from the Vidwan's book, etc.:

Image of the Gita Vivruti relevant portion as is in the edition on the

From the Vidwan's book, Kannada part which says: Raghavendra Tirtha
establishes that Shankaracharya is a demon:

This image says: 'The criterion for determining someone as a demon are all
applicable to Shankaracharya. These demons will be born in demoniacal
wombs, that is, they will be coming with the bodies born of harlotry. So
says Raghavendra Tirtha'. The Kannada condensation is made by the
author-scholar's son, a contemporary scholar by name Vidwan Ruchiracharya.
Cover page of the book:

Sri Raghavendra Tirtha:

Om Tat Sat

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