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Yamunacharya
Yamunacharya
or Alavandar was a Vishistadvaita
Vishistadvaita
philosopher in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India. Ramanuja, one of the leaders of the srivaishnava school sought to be his disciple. He was born in early 10th century CE and was the grandson of a Brahmin, Nathamuni.[1] Nathamuni was a famed yogi who collected to the works of Tamil alvars.

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Alavandar's birth star was Uttiradam.[citation needed]

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1 Early life 2 Works 3 References 4 External links

Early life[edit]

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He grew up learning Vedic texts from Rama
Rama
Misra also known as Manakkal Nambi and was skilled in mimansa. Sirvaishnavite legend relates this history—As a teenager he challenged the royal priest Akkiyalvan of the Pandya
Pandya
king (the name of the king is disputed). Akkiyalvan, when he saw the age of the youth, asked sarcastically "alavandara?" meaning "has he come to rule me?". He defeated Akkiyalvan by proving through the accepted rules of logic that Akkiyalvan's mother was barren, the king was not righteous and the queen unchaste. The king and queen, impressed that the boy has understood the shortcomings of logic, adopted him.The queen hailed the boy as "Alavandhaar"- the saviour. In other versions of the legend, he is given half the kingdom. There is no historical record to show his reign so it is possible that this happened in a smaller village rather than the kingdom of Pandya.[2] After years of rule, Mannakal Nambi tricked him into visiting the temple of Ranganatha. There, he had an epiphany and gave up the material duties of a king and became a sanyasin embracing saranagati. He composed the chatushloki and Strotra Ratna at that spot. Mannakal Nambi handed over the reins of Natha Muni's school including the collected Divya Prabandha
Divya Prabandha
and renamed him Yamuna Muni or Yamunacharya. As he grew older, he was perturbed that he could not finish the tasks he had set for himself and asked Ramanuja
Ramanuja
to visit him. However, he died before he could talk with Ramanuja. Srivaishnavite devotees say that his corpse had curled three fingers and when Ramanuja
Ramanuja
saw these, he understood the tasks and promised to finish them whereupon the fingers straightened.

The names of Parashara
Parashara
and Veda Vyasa, should be commemorated on the earth by giving it to a person worthy to bear it. Compose a commentary on Tiruvaymozhi of Nammalvar
Nammalvar
the most prolific of Alvars. Compose a commentary on Upanishads, Vedanta
Vedanta
Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.

Works[edit] Alavandar, like Ramanuja, focused both on philosophical debates like dvaita vs. advaita and bhakti prayers and the works attributed to him are in Sanskrit
Sanskrit
although he codified the heritage of the Tamil Alvars. Works attributed to him are:

Chathusloki - a popular prayer in praise of Lakshmi Stotraratnam - a prayer in praise of Narayana Siddhitrayam - consisting of (i) Atmasiddhi. (ii) Samvitsiddhi and (iii) Iswarasiddhi which describe the Vishistadvaita
Vishistadvaita
school of thought, describing a relation between the soul, god and the universe Agama Pramanya - stating the authority of Pancharatra
Pancharatra
agama Maha Purusha Nirnayam - describing that the ultimate reality is the god-goddess pair Sri and Narayana Gitartha Sangraha - a commentary on the Bhagvad Gita Nityam Mayavada Khandanam

References[edit]

^ Jones, Constance (2007). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. New York: Infobase Publishing. p. 490. ISBN 0-8160-5458-4.  ^ Venkatadriagaram Varadachari (1984), Yamunacharya, Memorial Trust 

External links[edit]

Yāmuna’s doctrine of Soul contrasted with those of others, Surendranath Dasgupta, 1940 Bibliography of Yamuna Acharya's works, Item 580, Karl Potter, University of Washington The Philosophy of Yāmunācārya, by Surendranath Dasgupta From: A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 3

Works of Yāmunaacharyar - acharya.org

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 59881398 LCCN: n50017912 ISNI: 0000 0001 0015 7647 SUDOC: 027200795 BNF:

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