[q] Madhva

Shrisha Rao shrao at NYX.NET
Tue Jun 13 18:13:53 UTC 2000

On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, Swaminathan Madhuresan wrote:

> SR> >He is said to have disappeared
> SR> >from view in some sense (exactly what remains unclear), and the date
> SR> >for this is established as 1317.
> --- Shrisha Rao <shrao at NYX.NET> wrote:
> > On Mon, 12 Jun 2000, Swaminathan Madhuresan wrote:
> >
> > >   Maadhvic tradition puts antardhAna date at 1317 giving
> > >   a full 120 years to Sri. Madhvacharya.
> >
> > No, it doesn't.  What is your source?
>  Consulting a Maadhva.

Who exactly?

> Madhva himself says he was born
> in 4300 Kaliyuga. And, the statement that Madhva's antardhAna
> "is established as 1317" gives a long lifespan of about 120 years.

Very shabby reasoning.  The time if his birth is also fixed as 1238, and
tradition is still for 79 years; hence only do we have the latter date
established as 1317.  The period of 43 centuries is only approximate (note
that Madhva says only that he was born after the passage of 4300 years,
not that he was born in a specific year designated 4300:  chatuHsahasre
trishatottare gate saMvatsarANAM tu kalau pR^ithivyAM jAtaH punaH
vipratanuH).  If one says the Magna Carta is seven centuries old, that
does not alter the date of the document to 1300 CE, although the statement
is broadly accurate.

Anyway, this matter has been discussed in detail in the HDSV and materials
referred to therein; you could do better referring to them instead of
coming to arbitrary and uninformed conclusions.


Shrisha Rao

> SM

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