Ramanujacharya (1017-1137AD)

Ramanujacharya (1017-1137AD)

  • He was born at Sriperumbudur.
  • He was the disciple of Yamuna Muni and Vedprakash
  • He founded the philosophy called Vishishta Advaita and preached Vaishnavism
  • Kulottanga Chola who was a Shaivite banished Ramanujacharya for preaching Vaishnavism
  • He wrote Sri Bashya and was the head of Srirangam Vaishnava Math
  • Ramanujacharya preached Shudras and outcastes could also attain salvation by completely surrendering to the will of the guru.
  • 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.