Ramanujacharya (1017-1137AD)

 

  1. He was born at Sriperumbudur.
  2. He was the disciple of Yamuna Muni and Vedprakash
  3. He founded the philosophy called Vishishta Advaita and preached Vaishnavism
  4. Kulottanga Chola who was a Shaivite banished Ramanujacharya for preaching Vaishnavism
  5. He wrote Sri Bashya and was the head of Srirangam Vaishnava Math
  6. Ramanujacharya preached Shudras and outcastes could also attain salvation by completely surrendering to the will of the guru.
  7. He was also referred to as Ilaya Perumalwhich means the radiant one.
What is Vishishta Advaita?
    • This school grew out of worship of Lord Vishnu
    • 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.
    •  Unlike some Hindu philosophies, Visishtadvaita doesn’t see the world as simply illusion, which would make it separate from Brahman. The material world is a part of Brahman’s nature.
    • Moksha, or spiritual liberation, is seen as the joy of contemplating Brahman (rather than release from the life-death-rebirth cycle), and that joy is the result of devotion, praise, worship and contemplating the divine perfection.