Author: Sahana Singh

Vyasatirtha: The Guru With A Phenomenal Legacy

It is troubling, even tragic that many Indians are unaware of the huge contribution of Shri Vyasaraya to the rich intellectual and cultural traditions of the land. Acclaimed for being almost unrivalled in the whole field of Indian thought, the Guru’s influence has touched many domains. A week ago, many people woke up to the shocking news that the Brundavana of Guru Vyasaraja (also called Vyasatirtha and Vyasaraya) has been destroyed and desecrated. The religious site called the Nava Brundavana, which has the Brundavanas of nine seers of the Madhva Sampradaya is located on an island in the Tunghabhadra River in the historic town of Anegundi near Hampi. The Brundavana was rebuilt within 32 hours by hundreds of devotees in a poignant ceremony. However, it is troubling, even tragic that many Indians are unaware of the huge contribution of Vyasaraya (1460-1539) to the rich intellectual and cultural traditions of the land. This is the very person about whom the renowned scholar Surendranath Dasgupta wrote: “The “logical skill and depth of acute dialectical thinking shown by …