MADHAVCHARYA, 1238-1317 A.D.
Madhavcharya (madhvAcArya) (ಮಧ್ವಾಚಾರ್ಯ)
was a philosopher/saint from Karnataka,
well known for establishing the
traveled extensively all over
However, his followers could not transcend the sectarian boundaries and like many other religious schools madhvasiddhAnta also became a caste rather than an ever expanding and humane religion. The scholastic tradition stuck to Sanskrit and we had to wait for the Haridasas for simple translations of the basic tenets of madhva philosophy.
His entire life was spent in debates with scholars, itinerant travels around the country and writing very erudite and original philosophical treatises. He has written commentaries on all the ten principal Upanishads. ‘Bhagvatha Tatparya’ is another important work by Madhvacharya, delineating the crux of puranas. His expertise in music is also an established fact.
Madhvacharya has established
eight ‘MAdhva maThas’ in the vicinity of Udupi. The renowned
Madhvacharya went to Badari in 1317 A.D. and he passed away in his eightieth year. Some of the more important works of Madhvacharya are as follows.
1. ‘gItA BASya’
2. gItA tatparya nirNaya
3. brahmasUtra BASya
7. Commentaries on kEna, kaTa, munDaka, satprashna, IshAvyAsa, mAnDUkya, aittarEya, taittirIya, bruhadAraNyaka and CAndOgya. Upanishads. (upaniSat prasthAna)
8. BAgavata tAtparyanirNaya
9. mahABArata tAtparya nirNaya
10. Rg BASya.
11. pramANa lakSaNa
12. kathA lakSaNa
13. mAyAvAda KanDana
14. tatva vivEka
15. prapanca mithyatva anumAna KanDana
16. narasimha naKa stuti
17. dvAdasha stOtra
18. kriSNAmruta mahAraNava
19. tantrasAra sangraha.
This total body of knowledge is known by the name ‘sarvamUla’ also.
Further Readings and Links:
1. http://www.dishq.org/saints/madhva.htm (Biography of Madhva)
3. ‘Life and Teachings of Sri Madhvacharya’, By Sri C.M.
Padmanabhachar, 1970, Sri Palimar Mutt, Udupi.
5. ‘Acharya Madhva: Baduku-Bareha’, By Bannanje Govindacharya,published by RastraKavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra,Udupi.