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6 Apr
1. Whenever a Guru narrates the story of Rama or Krishna to shishyas, no doubt socially relevant lessons can be the target. But the main goal is to make shishya aware of "gunas" of paramatma. When shishya goes back and does manana his awareness and thereby Bhakti increases.
2. Once when Sri Vadiraja Tirtha was in Pune , circumstances so occurred that he ended up composing a kavya called Rugminisha-Vijaya - an amazing kavya grantha of 19 chapters eulogizing Sri Krishna and his parinaya of Rugmini.
3. In that kavya-grantha he describes the interaction between Sri Krishna and Yashoda. Notice how in each description, our knowledge of paramatma increases.
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5 Apr
Very nice attempt at categorizing into Hindu-wadis and Hindutva-wadis @haryannvi . I just wish the stance of Hindu-wadis depicted had been accurate.
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5 Apr
Many of us blessed to be able to study MBH and the Bhagavata as per the nectar of interpretation given by great Gurus such as Sri Madhwacharya and other sampradaya Acharyas. There is no need to listen to anyone's ugly distortions.
Yashoda was a devata named Dharaa, the wife of a Vasu. She and her husband had performed great penance desiring Sri Hari as a child. Hence Sri Krishna moved to Yashoda and Nandagopa.
There is no question of a mother who got her desire for such a special child fulfilled to stop seeing him as a "son" . There is no scriptural proof for such absurd claims. Nor is there any scientific or rational basis for such "analysis".
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31 Mar
1. A few people have asked the reason behind many pictures of Sri Vadiraja Tirtha depicted along with the horse. Here is a thread on the reason behind this.
2. The upasana roopa of Sri Vadiraja Tirtha was Hayagriva. After worshipping the samsthana (matha) murthys at the Sode Matha (Sirsi, Uttara Kannada dist, Karnataka), Sri Vadiraja Tirtha would every day go to the banks of the Shalmali river (1-2kms from matha).
3. At the banks of the river, he would sit down and meditate on Lord Hayagriva. At the same time, he would hold a plate full of a sweet dish made from bengal gram, jaggery and other items. The dish is now very famously known as 'Hayagriva Maddi'.
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29 Mar
नारायणेति मन्त्रोsस्ति वागस्ति वशवर्तिनी |
तथाsपि घोरे मज्जन्तीत्येततद्भुतं ||

A mantra called 'narayana' exists. The tongue is under our control. Yet people fall into terrible naraka. Indeed surprising!

Sri Madhwacharya, Krishnamruta Maharnava - quoting Brahma Purana.
शुभान् ध्यायन्ति ये कामान् गुरुदेव प्रसादजान् |
इतरानात्मपापोत्थांस्तेषां विद्या फलिष्यति ||

Persons who consider occurrence of good as due to the grace of Guru and bad happening due to own sins - vidya fructifies only for such persons.

Sri Madhwacharya, Tantra Sara Sangraha
निजानुभाववर्जिता हरेरनुग्रहोज्झिताः ।
महाप्रयत्नवर्जिता जना न जग्मुरुन्नतिम् ||

Devoid of inherent ability, in the absence of Sri Hari's grace and without extraordinary efforts - men can never attain eminence (i.e. accomplish).

Sri Madhwacharya, Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya
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24 Feb
1. This is the birthplace of Sri Vadiraja Tirtha at Hoovinakere near Kumbhasi (close to Udupi). The place is called as 'Gowri Gadde' after his purvashrama mother's name. A most fascinating story exists related to his divine birth.
2. Sri Vagisha Tirtha, the yati of the then Sri Vishnu Tirtha Samsthana had blessed Ramacharya and Gauri that they would have a son but that he would become a Sanyasi. The pious couple expressed their keenness of keeping their son.
3. Sri Vagisha Tirtharu said if the child were to be born outside their house then in due course he would accept the child as his shishya. When the due date was very close, a small ceremony was arranged in the house. At the time of lunch all were seated and having food.
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21 Feb
1. One of the most amazing theories brought to light by Sri Madhwacharya is that of the inherent hierarchy or taratamya of souls. Some notes on the same in this thread

cc @PanditKatti
2. Out of the numerous possible ways of classifying entities or tattvas in this world, for the present discussion, the following three-fold classification would be useful - (a) Parabrahman/SriVishnu (b) Prakruti (c) Jeevas
3. All three tattvas are eternal (Prakurti in its primordial form - moola prakruti). Thus Jeevas are also eternal.
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22 Dec 20
1. An excellent interpretation of the Draupadi Vastrapaharana incident. Another view on this incident that perhaps has a scary message for today's situation is possible.
2. We must remember that the Kauravas went after Draupadi at the very last. Even the land had been taken away. The destruction of the Pandavas would be complete with the violation of Draupadi.
3. As Sri Madhwa says - "सर्वविद्या द्रौपदी तु" - Draupadi was the embodiment of knowledge/education. For the complete annihilation of a civilization, the takeover of territory is not sufficient. The knowledge of that civilization must be destroyed.
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22 Dec 20
@mmpandit @LightingMinds Yes Manish ji... For Dvaitins there is no bigger Stotra for Hanuman than Vayu Stuti. It is mantra-tulya and chanted with utmost shuchi.

I will tweet the story of its composition asap. It is fascinating.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 1. Towards the end of Sri Madhwacharya's Avatara on Earth - one particular "meeting" had not yet taken place. It was due for a long time.
@mmpandit @LightingMinds 2. Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya was one of the most well known Vedanta scholars in the 13/14th century. He was the asthana-vidwan of the King/chieftain of Kasaragod/Kumble in Kerala and a staunch Advaitin.
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21 Dec 20
1. A thread to discuss another set of proofs regarding the tithi of the last day of the Mahabharata war.
2. After Duryodhana's thighs are broken, Ashwathama, Krupa and Krutavarma head off to the forest. They perform their sandhyavandana as evening approaches.
3. Mahabharata says night started to set it. Initially the stars were spotted in the sky. Then, the text says "praaptaa ghoraa cha sharvaree" or "terrible night (darkness) set in".
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6 Dec 20
1. Political: UCC likely to see huge protests from non-majority communities, perhaps equal to or more intense than land reforms and agri reforms protests.
2. If Govt stands firm - different matter. If not, yet another capitulation and significant loss of political currency.
3. Also with the likely fallout and necessary dealing with it, certain that no currency will remain to push any further agenda related to pro-Hindu constitutional changes - likely even in 2024+
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26 Oct 20
1. It is generally accepted that Sri Madhwacharya composed at least 37 works - these are known as the Sarvamoola Granthas. What is amazing about these 37 is the breadth of areas/styles that they spawn.
2. True to the tradition of a Vedantic philosopher, he has written commentaries on the Brahmasutras, Upanishads and the Bhagavadgita. In addition he has written commentaries on the Mahabharata and Bhagavata
3. He has written a work known as Tantra Sara Sangraha which is a book on mantras, temple consecration and worship. He has written a book called Jayanti Nirnaya which touches upon astronomy and astrology.
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25 Oct 20
1. If the field of knowledge you are researching is still alive, and its rules of interpretation, including ones that existed in the past, are known - then you have got to use that to study the field. For e.g. studying a sanskrit text.
2. You cannot study a Sanskrit text as if you are doing some archaeological research or decrypting an ancient inscription or cave paintings.
3. You cannot say "hey look at this Sanskrit shloka - it contains the word sun, moon, rohini and peeda - so it means sun and moon are giving peeda to rohini".
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25 Oct 20
1. Hadn't read this article till date. Atrocious allegations against a great scholar who has, for a change, done real and scientific research on the Mahabharata.

jayasreesaranathan.blogspot.com/2019/11/abuse-…
2. Couldn't control laughing when I saw some of the responses of the self assumed bearers of 'tradition'. First of all, a written rebuttal to a book, that too in the form of a book, is a perfect response.
3. Secondly rebutting a theory with a counter write-up is older than debates in our tradition. The debates between various Vedantic schools for e.g. best illustrate this tradition.
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8 Oct 20
Creating a thread of the books one must read to differentiate the wheat from the chaff. First book that comprehensively exposes the unscientific 5561BC dating.

A fresh Perspective on the Astronomy of the Mahabharata War by Dr Manish Pandit.
vedicastrologer.org/articles/manis…
Second must-read book
""Myth of The Epoch of Arundhati of Nilesh Nilkanth Oak"
jayasreesaranathan.blogspot.com/2019/10/my-boo…
Third book which thrashes 5561BC
"Mahabharat War - Year and Date 16th Oct. 5561 BCE ?: Critical Comments On The book of Mr. Nilesh Oak"
amazon.in/Mahabharat-War…
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8 Oct 20
A thread on quotes from Sri BNK Sharma's magnum opus - "The Philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya".

Available for free reading at michaelsudduth.com/wp-content/upl…
"Only an all-embracing explanation of life, consistent with experience, would satisfy the requirements of reason, man's highest instrument for regulation of life"
On Philosophy:

"It must deal with problems which force themselves on our thought and press for a solution viz., what man is, why he is conditioned as he is, what his goal is and how he is to attain it"
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3 Oct 20
1. Had attempted a write-up on Brahmacharya and its importance a while ago.

indiafacts.org/brahmacharya-a…
2. Whenever I discuss Brahmacharya with anyone I try to give the following analogy:

Ayurveda considers 'Mahaghrutha' as a great medicine. There are innumerable diseases which it can cure and prevent. It is one of the great Aushadhis.
3. There are slightly different milestones for Mahaghrutha but Charaka Samhita says ghee stored for over 100 years is Mahaghrutha. Some say 111 years. Essentially over 100 years.
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27 Jul 20
1. Looks like without a debate on what next, the need for malaise removal won't be accepted. So here are some of my thoughts on the post-temple-freedom scenario.
(could be a long thread that is fed over time).
2. Even today, 99% of temples that are "under control" are not "run" by the Govt. They only hold the hook. The folks who administer are not government employees but people connected with the temple. So removing "control" need not be so tied up with "what's next". Still.
3. The present categorization in some states can be extended to all-India. Category A, B and C temples.
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19 Jul 20
1. Continuing series of threads highlighting why every planetary description was rooted in Jyotisha, let us look at why Mahabharata repeatedly talks about how Rohini is faring. The three nakshatras - Krittika, Rohini and Mrigashira represented the Madhya Deshas.
2. Per Brihat Samhita, the list of countries that are represented by these three nakshatras are given below. Note the presence of "Kuru" in the list.
3. And per Garga Samhita, if a papa-graha afflicted Saturn, then it is an indication of great harm to the Madhya Deshas.
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10 Jul 20
1. A significant part of the debate about Mahabharata dating involves the interpretation of the shlokas narrated by (a) Karna to Sri Krishna and (b) Sri Vyasa to Dhritarashtra. One key question here is - should be shlokas be interpreted using a Jyotisha lens or not?
2. When Karna and Sri Vyasa talked about positions of stars, planets and other phenomenon, they used a lot of terminology - such as vakra, apasavya, etc. Now these terms are well known in Jyotisha.
3. So if it is accepted that these shlokas and their narration had a Jyotisha basis, then we MUST accept the Jyotisha definitions of the terms. We then do not have the freedom to render our own meaning to these terms just in order to retrofit the shlokas to a particular date.
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5 Jul 20
1. Consider this. In both shlokas talking about Rohini, Mahabharata says Shani was giving "peeDa" to it. Why? Because nakshatra getting peeDa or trouble is well defined in Jyotisha. See this shloka from Brihat Samhita chap15.
2. So Shani occupying a nakshatra is when it gives peeDa, as seen in 3067BC. One cannot come up with one's own absurd definitions of what causes peeDa only to match it to a particular date. Reason? Last line of the above quoted Brihat Samhita shloka.
3. Varahamihira says that if combinations such as those defined above do not occur, then the nakshatra is considered to be in "samruddhi" - it is prosperous and trouble-free. Leaves no room for creative definitions of "peeDa".
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