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Madhusudan Saraswati and Bhakti. March 30, I am occasionally asked to speak on bhakti here at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. One open secret here in this tradition is that Swami Rama himself was or claimed to be a reincarnation of this Madhusudan.

Madhusudan Saraswati was an interesting personality whose scholarship was so multifaceted that there were few areas of traditional knowledge that he had not mastered.

According to the information at hand, his forefathers escaped north India in the 12th century after the Muslim conquest and began by settling in Nabadwip. Later they moved to Faridpur in present-day Bangladesh. Madhusudan became renounced early in life and went to Benares to study Mimamsa.

Some traditions have it that he first went to Nabadwip to study Navya-nyaya and there imbibed bhakti in the Chaitanyaite tradition. He was born after Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's disappearance, but there are nevertheless some clues in his writing that he went to Jagannath Puri, following what would have been the pilgrimage route taken by many young Bengali seekers of that day.

Jagannath Puri]. Photo by Jed Greene. Inspector Clouseau said…. Nice work. I frequently just travel around looking for other blogs which exist on the Internet, and the various, creative ways in which people express themselves. Thanks for sharing. Saturday, 09 April, Vaisnavacharya Chandan Goswami said…. Sri Akhandanand ji Maharaj also explained Madhusudhan Saraswati story in one of his work.

That story ended up by saying, after doing the Gopal Mantra Anusthan second time, he got Bhakti and went to write Bhakti Rasayan. Friday, 14 October, Thank you for sharing this Sir. I was looking for lyrics of "Bansi Vibhushit" sung by Pt. I can hear this song continuously. I was not aware that this was written bt Madhusudan Saraswati. Thank you once again. Wednesday, 10 October, I was looking out for information on the Gudhartha Geeta by Madhusudan Saraswati and i came across your post.

Can you explain what you have said in these lines But, as I wrote here before, it appears that Madhusudan Saraswati did not get Radha. But let us at least give him credit for "getting" Krishna. Yes, Shri Gurusharanandaji is a very noted Sant of Braj and have heard him several times. Saturday, 07 July, Jagadananda said…. Dear Geeta, Thank you for commenting. A full understanding of Krishna-bhakti can really only be had by understanding Radha and Krishna together. There are many posts about Radha on this blog, perhaps you could look at this one.

Monday, 23 July, Maruthi said…. Madhusudan saraswati born again in Bangalore. I will tell all informatin plz share the Madhusudana sarasati brundavan ashrama address or any other contacts. Friday, 10 April, Post a Comment. Popular posts from this blog Erotic sculptures on Jagannath temple August 05, This was written on the basis of Sundarananda Vidyavinode's Sri Kshetra and intended for a devotee audience, as it was done on a commission by disciples of Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj.

It has never been published. I decided to put this on line since there was a discussion on Facebook on the subject and I thought I would revisit what I wrote here nearly twenty years ago.

This is from chapter ten on temple renovations. Please note that I have removed the images that I had found of some of the sculptures. I have been blocked from posting links to this blog on Facebook for some infringement of its "community standards".

The only thing I can think of on this blog that might have offended some prudish person in cyberspace is this. I do not have much hope for redemption as it has been over six months since my ban is "under review" and there has been no sign of action. Needless to say, I find this heavy-handed action on the part of Facebook dangerously authoritarian.

Read more. May 13, We are talking about rasa a lot, and an understanding of the terms is important. As one progresses in knowledge and experience, such understanding is likely to undergo refinement. I was just asked to clarify some terms, so here is a short article doing so. One who cultivates this threefold wisdom attains the ultimate yoga. The experience of rasa, which is …. August 19, Bhaktivinoda Thakur's meat eating has been a subject of some interest on this blog.

The article I wrote in has been one of the most read on this site and still regularly attracts readers. I have said emphatically, "absolutely not," because it is my feeling that this would completely destroy one of the principal themes of the book itself.

Bhaktivinoda Thakur's autobiography is an extremely interesting work, especially to one who is directly in disciplic succession from him. It was written as a letter to his son and disciple, my guru Sri Lalita Prasad Thakur, when he was only a boy of It is hard to understand what the purpose of such a confession would have been in that context. Lalita Prasad was born and brought up in a household where there was a shuddha sattvika diet of prasad.

He had feelings of hero-worship ….


Preceptors of Advaita

Madhusudana Saraswati: Advaita-vada and Bhakti. January 15, Madhusudana is an interesting figure. He went to meet Chaitanya in Nabadwip, but Mahaprabhu had already left Nabadwip by the time he got there. From there he went to Benares to further his studies.


Madhusūdana Sarasvatī

This is my favorite version of the Gita so far. I started with a translation by Christopher Isherwood and Swami Prabhavananda which was also very good. But I like the Swami Dayananda version more Madhusudana Saraswati. Madhusudana Sarasvati's most famous work, Advaitasiddhi, helped to establish monism on a logical basis by refuting all criticisms of it by other schools. In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, however, he set forth a philosophy of life which also recognised other ways of spiritual development -- such as Yoga, devotion to God, and the analytical penetration of Samkhya. Here, Madhusudana gave the highest place to the cultivation of devotion.


Nyayamruta of Vyasatirtha caused a furore in the Advaita community resulting in a series of scholarly debates over centuries. He was also said to have been influenced by the wave of bhakti sweeping across Bengal due to Chaitanya. The realism of Nyaya seemed to provide a logical basis to bheda. He soon became keen on "disproving" advaita using all his skills in logic. But at the time, since he had not done an in-depth study of Advaita with the intention of learning the details of Advaita Vedanta in order to disprove them, he proceeded to the sacred city of Varanasi. Of them, nineteen books are undoubtedly his, but the authorship of the remaining two is doubtful.

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