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Madhwa Brahmins
ಮಾಧ್ವ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣರು
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Hinduism - Dvaita Vedanta

Madhwa Brahmins or Madhwa is caste of Hindu Brahmin community in India. The Madhwas generally follow the Dvaita school of Vedanta philosophy as espoused by Sripada Madhvacharya , later followers, according to the Tattvavada spiritual path.[1] Most Prominent among them is Sri Raghavendra Swami of Mantralayam.[2]


Teachings of Shri Guru Madhvacharya[edit]

Madhvacharya is a Prominent philosopher of Dvaita Vedanta.
                                            “Reality is twofold: 
                                        Independent and dependent things. 
                                    The Lord Vishnu is the only independent thing„

Madhvācārya's teachings are built on the premise that there is a fundamental difference between Atman (individual soul, self) and the Brahman (ultimate reality, God Vishnu), these are two different unchanging realities, with individual soul dependent on Brahman, never identical.[3] The Dvaita school founded by Madhva influenced Vaishnavism, the Bhakti movement in medieval India, and has been one of the three influential Vedānta philosophies, along with Advaita Vedanta and Vishishtadvaita Vedanta.[4][5][6]

Teachings of Shri Guru Raghavendra Swami[edit]

Raghavendra Swami was a renowned Madhwa saint, philosopher and proponent of Dvaita philosophy established by Sri Madhvacharya. He is worshiped as a Guru.
                                       “Pujyaya Raghavendraya Sathya Dharma Rathayacha
                                        Bajatham Kalpa Vrukshaya Namatham Kamadehnave„

Raghavendra Swami gave a soul-stirring speech to hundreds of devotees who had gathered to watch the event. Some quotes from that speech are as follows - “Without right living, right thinking will never come. Right living is performing one’s ordained duties according to one’s station in life without hankering after the fruits of the actions and on the other hand offering all one’s activities to the Lord. This is real sadachara (right living). This is real karma yoga.” “Social work done for the good of worthy people should also be considered as the Lord’s worship. In short, our life itself is a worship. Every action is a puja. This life is precious. Every second of our life is precious. Not even a second that has gone will come back. Listening to the right shastras and always remembering Him is the highest duty.”

“Always keep away from people who merely perform miracles without following the shastras and yet call themselves God or guru. I have performed miracles, and so have great persons like Srimadvacharya. These are based on yoga siddhi and the shastras. There is no fraud or trickery at all. These miracles were performed only to show the greatness of God and the wonderful powers that one can attain with His grace. ” “Right knowledge (jnana) is greater than any miracle. Without this no real miracle can take place. Any miracle performed without this right knowledge is only sorcery. No good will come to those who perform such miracles and also those who believe in them.”

“Have devotion to the Lord. This devotion should never be blind faith. Accepting the Lord’s supremacy wholeheartedly is true devotion. Blind faith is not devotion. It is only stupidity. We should have devotion, not only for the Lord, but also for all other deities and preceptors in keeping with their status.” After this speech, Sri Raghavendra entered the Brindavana specially constructed for him with stone brought from Madavara village, near Manchale and attained Jeeva Samadhi.[7]

This date is celebrated each year as Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana at Brindavans all over the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bhattacharya, Jogendra Nath. Hindu Castes and Sects: An Exposition of the Origion of the Hindu Caste System and the Bearing of the Other Sects Towards Each Other and Towards Other Religious Systems. p. 442. 
  2. ^ "SREE RAGHAVENDRA GURU DEVASTANAM". Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  3. ^ Stoker 2011.
  4. ^ Bryant 2007, pp. 12-13, 359-361.
  5. ^ Sharma 1962, pp. xv-xvii.
  6. ^ Stafford Betty (2010) , Dvaita, Advaita, and Viśiṣṭādvaita: Contrasting Views of Mokṣa, Asian Philosophy: An International Journal of the Philosophical Traditions of the East, Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 215-224
  7. ^

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