Hi All,

I welcome you to all this bl
og. As per my knowledge there is no organization / association of Madhwas in Bengalooru unlike the ones in Kerala.Unity is a important thing which needs to be achieved inorder to get recognized in the society. Unity is not a thing that can be acheived overnight but only through relentless hardwork and commitment. I hope this blog will serve some purpose to the cause. I also requests the members especially the young dynamic members of the Madhwa community to join here and contribute in full potential. Also it is the time we need to take some steps to popularize Tulu language. Lets not forget the fact that Madhwacharya used Tulu language for most of his writings.So dear all let's make this happen and I expect your full cooperation. Thanks.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

About Madhwacharya

Acharya Madhwa was born on Vijayadashami day of 1238 CE at Pajaka, a tiny hamlet near Udupi. Narayana Panditacharya who later wrote Madhwa's biography has recorded the names of Acharya's parents as Madhyageha Bhatta as name of the father and Vedavati as Acharya's mother. They named him Vasudeva at birth.

Purnaprajna - Anandatirtha - Madhwa

Even as a child, Vasudeva exhibited precocious talent for grasping all things spiritual. He was drawn to the path of renunciation and even as a young boy of eleven years, he chose initiation into the monastic order from Achyuta-Pragna, a reputed ascetic of the time, near Udupi, in the year Saumya (1249 CE). The preceptor Achyuta-Pragna gave the boy Vasudeva the name of 'Purnaprajna' at the time of his initiation into sanyasa.

A little over a month later, little Purnaprajna is said to have defeated a group of expert scholars of Tarka(logic) headed by Vasudeva-pandita. Overjoyed at his precocious talent, Achyuta Preksha consecrated him as the head of the empire of Vedanta and conferred upon him the title of Anandatirtha.

Thus Purna-prajna is the Acharya's name given to him at the time of Sanyasa (renunciation). The name conferred on him at the time of consecration as the Master of Vedanta is 'Ananda-tirtha'. Madhwa, a name traceable to the vedas (Balithasuktham), was the nom-de-plume assumed by the Acharya to author all his works. Madhwa showed that vedas talk about him as "Madhwa" and utilized that name for himself. However, he used Ananda Tirtha or Suka Tirtha to author his works. Madhwa was the name by which he was to later be revered as the founders of Tattva-vada or Dvaita-mata.