Fri Feb 26 16:51:21 UTC 1999

   When imentioned the advent christianity i was not referring to
Vasco or his successors, i had really ment syriac church which
was well established then in west coastand therefore we cannot
rule out that Madhva was not unaware of christianity.
You mention that Madhva was consistent in quoting scriptures in
supprt of his doctrine.But my query was how could gita and
upanishads support both the doctrines-especially when the dvaita
doctrine is radically differnt from non-dualism?


On Thu, 25 Feb 1999, Balaji Hebbar wrote:

> Dear  Ms. Vanitha  Krishnamurthy,
> Christianity  of  only  the  Nestorian  and  Jacobite  kind  were  only
> in  Kerala  at  the  time  of  Madhva.  Madhva  himself  belonged  to
> the  Tulu-speaking  region  of  KarnATaka.  Christianity  of  the
> KarnATak  coast  is  of  the  Roman  Catholic  and  Swiss  Protestant
> vareity.  Almost  all  the  KonkaNI-speaking  Christians  are  Catholics
> who  actually  migratred  to  the  Mangalore  region  from  Goa.  That
> why  they  almost  always  have  Portuguese  surnames  (e.g. Pinto,
> Norohna,  Saldana,  De  Silva  etc.)  Madhva  was  long  gone  (died
> MAgha  Shuddha  navamI  1317  CE)  before  Vasco  da  Gama  landed  in
> Calicut  in  1498.  So,  there  is  no  question  of  Catholic
> influence.  The  Tulu-speaking  Christians  are  mostly  converts
> through  the  Basel  Mission  (Swiss)  who  came  much  later.  Madhva
> himself  never  mentions  the  Christians  in  ANY  of  his  39  works.
> In  fact,  he  quotes  the  Sruti,  GItA  and  other  Hindu  smrtis
> consistently  in  support  of  his  doctrines.
> Regards,
> B.N.Hebbar

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