[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 89, Issue 11

suresh maruthi maruthisuresh at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 02:40:08 CST 2011

Dear All
The two young scholars deserve appreciation for their achievement. It also
highlights the thoroughness of traditional teaching and examination.

(Often during professional interviews I have come across candidates, in
response to questions, avoiding answers telling that they did not recall
the answer because it was taught in the first semester and so on)

 I am amazed at the method of learning and teaching in traditional vedantic


On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 11:30 PM, <
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> Today's Topics:
>   2. Two outstanding Madhva Vidyarthis (V Subrahmanian)
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> Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:07:45 +0530
> From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> To: A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta
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> Subject: [Advaita-l] Two outstanding Madhva Vidyarthis
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> Here are some details about two Madhva vidyarthis, in their twenties, who
> have achieved some great feats:
> 1.  Sri Bhimasena Guttal -   a student of the Purnaprajna Vidyapitha,
> Bangalore.  Having studied Nyaya and Vedanta to advanced levels, he has
> been participating in the 'shalAka parIkShaA' conducted by the Rashtriya
> Samskrit Samsthan, New Delhi, for the past few years.  Earlier he won the
> second place in the 'shaankara chatussUtrI bhashya' parIkShA.  Last year he
> bagged the first prize in the second chapter of the ShAnkara Brahmasutra
> bhashya at the National level.  That means he has committed to memory the
> entire second adhyAya (avirodhAdhyAya) of the bhashya and has displayed
> great ability in explaining the purport wherever asked to do so.
> The test consists of three rounds under three Examiners.  In the first
> round the examinee is asked to recite the bhashya pankti-s from any chosen
> place at random.  A metallic scale is inserted into the specified book and
> the line to which the scale points to when the book is opened on that page
> is read out by the Examiner.  The participant has to commence rendering
> from memory the bhashya vakyas from that point until asked to stop.  The
> three examiners will do this in turns to satisfy themselves that the
> participant is indeed thoroughly familiar with the entire portion.  In the
> second round he will be asked, again at random, to explain a particular
> sentence or portion or concept occurring in the portion, again by the three
> examiners in turns.  In the third round the participant will be asked to
> explain special aspects occurring in the selected portions, again by the
> three examiners, individually. The participant has to identify what the
> visheAmsha is in his own judgement. If he does well in all these tests only
> then he gets the award.  This Bhima sena bagged the first prize of Rs.7000
> and a golden shalaka by doing extremely well.  The entire test will be
> conducted in the medium of Sanskrit.
> 2. Sri Srinidhi Pyati -  He is two years junior to the above vidyarthi.
>  This boy bagged the first place in the Vivekachudamani  which was
> prescribed in its entirety for the pariksha  this year. He has committed
> the entire book of 581 verses to memory and  is quite thorough with the
> commentary of HH Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati SwaminaH of Sringeri.  He too
> has studied nyaya and dvaita vedanta and will be graduating to study the
> 'srimannyAyasudhaa' under the Pejawar Swamiji which is considered to be a
> great honour and attainment.
> Sri Bhima sena has graduated to this level already and is undergoing the
> said classes under the Swamiji by touring with him.  His classes go on
> wherever time and facility is available.
> This year a boy from this school bagged the first prize in srimadbhagavatam
> test; perhaps a portion of it was prescribed.
> The next year's Advaita vedanta work to be prescribed for this test could
> be the Vedanta paribhAsha, maybe a portion of it.  A final decision on this
> is yet to be taken by the authorities.
> Similar tests are conducted in pU.mImAmsA, nyAya and vyAkaraNa shastras
> too.
> I posted the above in this forum since the works involved are Advaitic.
> Regards
> subrahmanian.v

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