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Sundara Manmatha Koti Prakaasha,Hare Sri Krishna
When i am about to die, the only forms that should appear b4 me should be that of the Lord (Krishna) with the beautiful flute kept on his lips , with the peacock plumes slantingly placed on his head and with the body as blue as bluestone
Swami Desikan in GopAla Vimshathi

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Aacharya Madhava

Dear fellow aatmans,

First up, kindly accept my Belated Vijayadashami wishes.

On this wonderful eve ,I Invoke the blessings of the great Vaishnava Saint and philosopher, Acharya Madhava and the Ramabhaktha Vayuputra Hanuman before attempting to write up on this special post on the eve of his jayanthi.

He is one of the three great achaaryas (Adi Sankara and Sri Ramanuja , the other two) that walked Mother India.

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Let us take a sneak peak into the life and teachings of Acharya Madhava .

Srimad Ananda Tirtha commonly identified as Acharya Madhava was born in South Kanara (karnataka) in the 1200s as the third incarnation of Mukhya Prana , after Ramabhaktha Hanuman and the strong and loyal fighter in Sri Krishna's Army, Bhimasena.

Even as a child, he was into spirtuality , showing extraordinary intellectual maturity often astounding his teachers. He got ordained into sanyaasa at a tender age of 11 by Achyutapreksha Tirtha, his Guru. Soon he astounded the Guru with his knowledge which fetched him the title, PoornaPrajna (the one with complete wisdom ) .

He defeated several budhists and advaitins in debates and spreaded the Glory of Narayana wherever he went.

Once with his spiritual power rescued a ship battling in the high seas. He was asked to take gifts from the captain but he took only a mound of "gopi chandana " from him and when it broke , he got a Krishna icon . Seeing that , in Bhakthi he composed the famed Dwaadasa Stotra on his way back to Udippi , where he established the temple and the Ashta-Mathas later.

Dwaadasa Stotra is a set of 12 beautiful garlands of pristine bhakthi superimposed on exceptional spiritual wisdom. It is normally recited when naivedya is offered to the Lord. It is supposed to bring wisdom to the reader and the listener as it has anti-venomic properties.:)

In this stotra , the acharya says

" I salute the Lord , who showers the moonlight called happiness on the devotees"

Apart from this, being a Dwaita philosopher, he has written his own commentaries (bhasya) on Gitas , the upanishads and other Vedanta Sutras. His philosophy, TatvaVada , more commonly known as Dvaita , in a nutshell, emphasizes the importance of bhakthi to stay free of the distress caused by Kali. Being a re-incarnate of Hanuman , this is of no surprise at all. He has described the infinitesimal majesty and the glory of the various parts of Narayana just like Hanuman portrayed the appearane of Sri Rama to Sita Devi.

One might want to remember that great poets and saints like Purandara dasa , Kanakadasa , and Sri Raghavendra of Mantralayam were all Tatavavaadists.

All his teachings can be imbibed in a tablet form as given below

Kuru bhumksva ca karma nijam niyatam

Hari-pada-vinambra-dhiya satatam

Harireva paro harireva gurur-

Harireva jagat-pitr-matr-gatih

Tadalam bahu-loka-vichintanaya

Pravanam-kuru-manasa misha pade

Translation :

Do thy duty allotted by God to thee

And eat what comes to thy share !

Hari is God Supreme, Hari the teacher great,

Father and mother too is Hari.

Stop then thy worldly cares endless,

Pin thy mind at the lord’s feet boundless

Let we all follow the royal path of bhatki laid by such great acharyas to transcend ourselves beyond materialistic clutches by permanently getting a visa in the Karaunaa Samudra and experience the glory of that feet of Sriman Narayana. I am very pleased and blessed to have had my birthday in such an auspicious time:)

P.S The interested can know more about him @


Comments on "Aacharya Madhava"


Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (5:45 AM) : 

Dear Krishna,
I thank you for this wonderful post.. I had requested fellow bloggers to post on Madhwacharya ..looks like you have done it silently and with much care and Bhakti... kudos, dear friend.
kindly check out my post on Swami Desika ... I 'll post on M.S.S blog on something special soon.
thanks again for helping to maintain the completeness of Sanathana Dharma on the net.
Jai SriMadhwacharya!



Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (4:01 PM) : 

Dear Krishna,
Great post on the Acharya! Happy belated vijayadasami to u too :)


Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (8:14 PM) : 

Great Post Krishna. I was listening to Maruthi Vaibavam by Sri Velukudi Krishnan Swamigal and was transfixed by the prabavam of Hanuman. When I read this I could see the greatness of Sri Madhava. Nice. Keep posting such interesting and informative stuffs. You and Anand are Bakthas beyond par and I am really fortunate enough to get your acquaintance. So what do u do Krishna ? Can u send me your e-mail ?


Blogger krishna said ... (2:57 PM) : 

Dear Anand,

Many thanks. Actually the thanks should go to HIM . It's just because of his krupa that I am able to to what I am doing.

May be the SriManNarayana wanted to make your wish come true thru me:).

Your post on Swami Desika was truly awesome.

Hare Krishna


Blogger krishna said ... (3:20 PM) : 

Dear Paartha

thanks krishna-mitra;)

Dear Kasthuri,

Many Thanks.

Actually, I have to humbly pass on the credits to SitaRama and ramapriya Hanuman. Also,the greatness of those acharyas and bhakthas are only beyond par. Mine is just a tiny tide when compared to their towering waves of bhakthi :)

Is the rendering of Sri Velukudi Krishnan Swamigal available online? If so , kindly give me the pointers.

Dear friend , well-wisher and supporter, you can reach me anytime at

I am currently trying my best to be done with my masters in computer science. :).


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