Monday, January 1, 2018

Pashupe

Madhva once visited a village called Pashupe (during one of his tours). The villagers requested him to bless them by producing flowers and fruits in some unproductive trees of Areca nut and others. The benevolent Madhva rendered some melodious and matchless songs, which put the men to sleep. When they woke up, they were amazed to find the trees in full bloom and laden with fruit.

Note: The visit to Ishupatha Kshetra, Pashupe etc near his own Udupi would be towards the end of the northern trips. There is no specific geographic order in the narration of the places visited here.

Bhavaprakashika mentions that Madhva composed a Gana Shastra (on music) at this time. There is no relic of this except that the Yakshagana, which was introduced by him is still there in Karnataka and Kerala. Tatvapradipa of Sri Trivikrama Panditacharya mentions that Acharya Madhva was a Gandharva vidya nipuna – expert in performing arts like Music.

The following shloka sums up the description of Acharya Madhva’s deeds.

Sri Madhvacharya, with the great mind and infinite knowledge, and who equals Chaturmukha Brahma had renounced all desires and was complete with befitting virtues. He was like Vishnu’s arrow piercing the hearts of demons and evil men, the enemies of gods and the good. He shone with effulgence like the moon and consistently and successfully rejected the erroneous Shastras. He meditated perpetually on and worshipped with proper prostration and devotional bliss, Vishnu/ Narayana with Mahalakshmi as his consort, who is eternally blissful and is a benefactor to His devotees. He was thus very dear to Him. Madhva never suffered from the slightest discomfort of any kind or sickness. It is but natural that Satvika devotees adored and worshipped him everywhere.

Goa

Madhva went to Goa from there. A brahmin named Shankara offered four thousand large sized ripe plantains to him. He ate them easily and drank 30 large pots of milk. When the king tried to detain him from leaving, Madhva simply walked out of there invisible to the king’s servants.

Sripadaraja - Incarnation of Dhruva Maharaja


At the sight of the Lord, Dhruva was dumb founded and could not speak anything because of over joy. By the grace of Mahalakshmi he was able to praise the Lord who bestowed him the kingship of the kingdom for 36000 years after which he was made the Emperor of Dhruva Mandala for a period of one Brahma Kalpa, which is 100 years of Brahma.
Dhruvaraja now being the king of Dhruva Mandala is in-charge of controlling the Navagrahas, the Kalachakra, etc. His Loka Dhruvaloka is situated 13 Lakh Yojana above Rushi Mandala from where he controls the movement of Sun, Moon & other planets. Dhruvaraja holds his office of the emperorship of the Dhruvaloka for that period.
Since this is an official post - Dhruvaraja thought that he would not be entitled to attain Moksha, the desired goal of every soul. He wanted to know the attributes of God in a disciplined manner during a lifetime in a place designated for the purpose in the universe i.e. Bharata. Accordingly, Dhruvaraja came down to the earth in an Amsha and assumed Sanyasa to complete his Sadana and goes by the name Shri Sripadaraja
Sripadaraja / Site / Map / Festival
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sripadaraja

Ishupatha

Madhva went to Ishupatha Kshetra and worshipped the Kshetra deity Parashurama, the Lord of Ramaa. The king sent him a thousand large Rajakeli plantains for playfully testing his capacity. Madhva easily finished them off after a full meal.

Hrishikesha

When Madhva was camping at Hrishikesha Kshetra, fair complexioned Shiva took the form of a brahmin and after prostrating requested Madhva to accept his hospitality and bless him. Then the Brahmin vanished to the amazement of all. Next, Shiva appeared in the dream of the manager of another place nearby, an ardent devotee, and ordered him to offer Bhiksha (victuals) to the teacher of all the souls, who is also his Guru, presently in Hrishikesha. The devotee implemented the order and arranged sumptuous food and dishes made for the Madhva party. In this manner, Shiva showed that Madhva, who is a great benefactor for the Vedas and Guru for all was also his Guru.

KuruKshetra


Madhva reached Kurukshetra, named after the king Kuru, which was like the gateway to heaven after death in the Mahabharata war for many kings (who died in battle). His disciples such as Satya Tirtha saw the future Mareecha and the legendary mace used by him as Bhimasena (in his previous incarnation) in the war. He remembered the sporting battles he had fought with elephants killing large numbers with little effort.

Note: Bhavaprakashika gives some more details: Madhva disciples saw a monk whom Madhva identified as Mareecha. A close examination by them showed that inspite of his appearance, he was a hater of Vishnu. Satya Tirtha and others wanted to see Bhima’s mace, which they dug up and saw as per Madhva’s directions. Madhva also described the glorious battles with the elephant armies of Duryodhana fought by him as Bhimasena.

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