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Sri Ramanujacharya

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Sri Ramanujacharya:


Context:

1004th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya was observed on April 18, 2021.

About Sri Ramanujacharya:

  • Born in 1017 CE in Tamil Nadu.
  • He is the most respected Acharya in the philosophy of Sri Vaishnavism.
  • He was also referred to as Ilaya Perumal which means the radiant one.
  • His philosophical foundations for devotionalism were influential to the Bhakti movement.
  • He is famous as the chief proponent of Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedānta.
  • He wrote influential texts, such as bhāsya on the Brahma Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, all in Sanskrit.

What is Vishishtadvaita?

  • It is a non-dualistic school of Vedanta philosophy. It is non-dualism of the qualified whole, in which Brahman alone exists, but is characterized by multiplicity.
  • It can be described as qualified monism or qualified non-dualism or attributive monism.
  • It is a school of Vedanta philosophy which believes in all diversity subsuming to an underlying unity.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About Sri Ramanujacharya.
  2. About Advaita Philosophy.
  3. About Bhakti movement.

Mains Link:

Differentiate between Dvaita and Advaita schools of philosophy.

Sources: PIB.