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So far as second point goes, i believe he is accepted (by Sri Caitanyadev)

as the 'original' Bhagavatam commentator in the sense that Sri Caitanya

Mahaprabhu rejected all speculative/scholarly etc. commentaries on

Bhagavatam and highlighted to His disciples that the commentary by Sridhara

Swami was spotless, perfect in all ways, and, to set the right standard, He

declared that any commentary differing from that of Sridhara Swami could not

be accepted.

 

hare krishna

 

dina

 

Atmarama.BVS (AT) com (DOT) bbt.se [Atmarama.BVS (AT) com (DOT) bbt.se]

Saturday, April 03, 1999 7:40 PM

COM: (Krsna) Katha

Sridhara Swami

 

 

[Text 2206002 from COM]

 

Pamho, AgtSP.

 

I have two questions about the original Bhagavatam comentator, Sridhara

Swami.

 

1. From some sources I heard that formaly he belonged to the

Sankara-sampradaya, while from other to the Visnu-swami-sampradaya. Which of

them is true?

 

1. Why is he considered the original Bhagavatam comentator if, as far as I

understood, Madhva was prior to him?

 

Your servant Atmarama das

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>> 1. From some sources I heard that formaly he belonged to the

>> Sankara-sampradaya, while from other to the Visnu-swami-sampradaya. Which

>> of them is true?

 

> However, Srila Prabhupada accepted him

> as a Vaishnava and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta considered him to be

> of the Vishnu-swami sampradaya. That's sufficient for us.

 

Additionally, Jiva Goswami states in his Tattva-sandarbha that he cites only

those portions of the revered Sridhara Swami's commentary that follow the

natural spirit of the Bhagavatam and its Vaisnava conclusions. This is

because Sridhara Swami interspersed his Bhagavatam commentaries with

monistic advaitin interpretations-not as conclusions, but as a tactic to

attract the followers of Sankara from their dry cakes of impersonal

philosophy to the Bhagavatam's nectarean descriptions of krsna-lila. Sri

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself greatly appreciated Sridhara Swami's Bhagavatam

commentaries and became very much disturbed when Vallabacarya did not show

proper respect to Sridhara Swami.

 

This is probably the reason why some sources claim Sridhar Swami belongs to

the Sankara Sampradaya even though he was actually a Vaisnava.

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One question prabhu

 

is the 'he' Srila Jiva Goswami or Sriman Mahaprabhu?

 

>>Additionally, Jiva Goswami states in his Tattva-sandarbha that he cites

only those portions of the revered<<

 

thank you

 

dina

 

 

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Wednesday, April 07, 1999 5:51 PM

COM: Atmarama (das) BVS (Skopje - MAC); COM: (Krsna) Katha

Sridhara Swami

 

 

[Text 2215145 from COM]

 

>> 1. From some sources I heard that formaly he belonged to the

>> Sankara-sampradaya, while from other to the Visnu-swami-sampradaya. Which

>> of them is true?

 

> However, Srila Prabhupada accepted him

> as a Vaishnava and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta considered him to be

> of the Vishnu-swami sampradaya. That's sufficient for us.

 

Additionally, Jiva Goswami states in his Tattva-sandarbha that he cites only

those portions of the revered Sridhara Swami's commentary that follow the

natural spirit of the Bhagavatam and its Vaisnava conclusions. This is

because Sridhara Swami interspersed his Bhagavatam commentaries with

monistic advaitin interpretations-not as conclusions, but as a tactic to

attract the followers of Sankara from their dry cakes of impersonal

philosophy to the Bhagavatam's nectarean descriptions of krsna-lila. Sri

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself greatly appreciated Sridhara Swami's Bhagavatam

commentaries and became very much disturbed when Vallabacarya did not show

proper respect to Sridhara Swami.

 

This is probably the reason why some sources claim Sridhar Swami belongs to

the Sankara Sampradaya even though he was actually a Vaisnava.

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> Additionally, Jiva Goswami states in his Tattva-sandarbha that he cites

> only those portions of the revered Sridhara Swami's commentary that follow

> the natural spirit of the Bhagavatam and its Vaisnava conclusions.

 

> One question prabhu

> is the 'he' Srila Jiva Goswami or Sriman Mahaprabhu?

 

'He' means none other than Srila Jiva Goswami who composed the

Tattva-sandarbha, one of the six sandarbhas. In all the sandarbhas, Jiva

Goswami has cited only those portions of the revered Sridhara Swami's

commentary that follow the natural spirit of the Bhagavatam and its Vaisnava

conclusions. Thank you.

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Dear Swamiji

Sridhara Swami was born at Balodi Village at Gujarat some 600 years ago.

He was a disciple of Paramanda Puri and his beloved deity was Narasimha.

 

He attempted to bring synthesis between Shankara Samradhaya & Madhava Samradhaya.

Hence his commentaries are called Subodhini (Gita), Bhavarthadipka (Bhagavata) and Atmaprakasa (Vishnu Sahasra Nama)

 

"All are nothing other than God but just a part of Him" was his conclusion.

This is the concept of Vaishnavas. Hence despite an advaitin he is a devotee and vaishanava in inherent nature.

 

Therefore Advaitins did not agreed to the synthesis.

They created hell a lot of problems for the Swamiji.

Hence, Lord Shiva appeared before them and roared:

 

"I have learned the true teachings of the Scriptures due to chanting of Rama Nama.

So does Suka. Vyasa may or may not know as he is busy in compiling them than mediating on the meaning.

But Sridhara knows everything due to the grace of Lord Nrisimha.

Hence if one does any harm to him would reside only in hell..."

 

Aham vedhi Suko Vyaso Vedhi n vedri va

Sridharah sakalam Vedri SriNrishma Prasadah

 

Hope this clarifies Sridhara Swami's life and teaching.

 

Your Servant

V. Narayanan

 

 

So far as second point goes, i believe he is accepted (by Sri Caitanyadev)

as the 'original' Bhagavatam commentator in the sense that Sri Caitanya

Mahaprabhu rejected all speculative/scholarly etc. commentaries on

Bhagavatam and highlighted to His disciples that the commentary by Sridhara

Swami was spotless, perfect in all ways, and, to set the right standard, He

declared that any commentary differing from that of Sridhara Swami could not

be accepted.

 

hare krishna

 

dina

 

Atmarama.BVS (AT) com (DOT) bbt.se [Atmarama.BVS (AT) com (DOT) bbt.se]

Saturday, April 03, 1999 7:40 PM

COM: (Krsna) Katha

Sridhara Swami

 

 

[Text 2206002 from COM]

 

Pamho, AgtSP.

 

I have two questions about the original Bhagavatam comentator, Sridhara

Swami.

 

1. From some sources I heard that formaly he belonged to the

Sankara-sampradaya, while from other to the Visnu-swami-sampradaya. Which of

them is true?

 

1. Why is he considered the original Bhagavatam comentator if, as far as I

understood, Madhva was prior to him?

 

Your servant Atmarama das

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