Overview for Mahaprabhu Sri Vallabhacharya's Anubhasya on The Brahmasutra (In 4 Volumes)
1.Acarya Sri Vallabha, the founder of the Suddhadvaita school of Vedanta tradition is said to be of a diving origin imbued with spiritual insight. His philosophy is called pure-non-dualism undefiled by Maya. He was born in Vikram Samvat 1535 (1479 A.D.), to Sri Laksmana Bhatta, a Telugu Brahmin and Illammagaru, a family which had learning towards Vedic rituals and the worship of Gopalakrsna. He traveled extensively to the religious places such as Vijyanagar, Kasi and Adail (near Prayaga). At these places, he developed his literary and religious activities. His firm faith in lord Krsnaâ€™s commandment led him to devot to the task of a faithful interpretation of the sacred texts like the Upanisad, Gita and Brahmasutra. He found that the essential reality is Suddha (pure) unalloyed with maya, and non-dualism (Advaya). He advocated the Pusti (divine grace), as the most powerful and unfailing method for attaining Supreme Bliss. His Siddhanta is known as Suddhadvaita-Brahmavada-Nirguna-Pustibhakti Marga. Acarya Vallabha has written a commentary on the Brahmasutra, known as Anubhasya which is available only in the summary form upto III.2.33, the remaining part was supplemented by his second son Sri Vitthalanatha. Acarya differs from the earlier Acaryas viz. Samkara, Ramanuja, Madhva, and Nimbarka with regard to the interpretation of the nature of Reality. According to Vallabha, reality is Brahman which is Sat (existence), Cit (conscious), Ananda (bliss) which is denominated as Rasa(sentiments). He is Purna Purusottama. Among his divine characteristics Jnana and Kriya are important. He is Karta and Bhokta. For Lila, he creates the universe out of Himself. Vallabha propagates the path of Pusti Phakti (Divine grace) in order to enjoy the union with the supreme. The Pusti can be realized as in the case of gopi's of Vrndavan who, in fact, opened the gateway to realize everything with lord Krsna. He is for Svarupananda, instead of Brahmananda. Lord is full of Rasa in which love is most important. This brings enjoyment of the Bliss of the Union with Divine. The present commentaries on Anubhasya known as Prakasa written by Sri Purusottama Carana, a descendent of Sri Vallabhacarya and another on the same known as Rasmi by Sri Yogi Gopesvara, of the same lineage, provide excellent and appropriate interpretation of the tradition. In fact, Anubhasya of Vallabhacarya with these two commentaries given by Sri Purusottamacarana and Gopesvaraji is the most authentic text for providing illuminating interpretation of the Brahmasutra. This edition was originally printed by Nirnaysagar Press, Bombay, an institution known for publishing and printing the authentic editions. This work was published some eighty years ago, now printed again with a new Introduction by one of the greatest scholars of modern times in the tradition.
Mulchandra Tulsidas Teliwala (Editor)
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