- Advaita Acharya
Advaita Acharya (
1434- 1539), is famous as a Gaudiya Vaishnavasaint, and as being one of the close companions of the eminent Vaishnavapreacher Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.cite journal
author = Brzezinski, J.A.N.
year = 2004
title = Charismatic Renewal And Institutionalization In The History Of Gaudiya Vaishnavism And The Gaudiya Math
journal = The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant
url = http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&id=mBMxPdgrBhoC&oi=fnd&pg=PA73&dq=Advaita+Acharya&ots=r4SQVd-v5T&sig=Vl3e_KL-osBN2gzqGEOZZFH_zA8
accessdate = 2008-06-07] He is also considered to be a guru of great saint
Haridasa Thakur. "Advaita-prakasa" biography introduces Haridasa, being originally a Muslim illustrating spiritual power of his guru, Advaita, to elevate him to such a position.cite book |author=Rebecca Manring |title=Reconstructing tradition: Advaita Ācārya and Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism at the cusp of the twentieth century |publisher=Columbia University Press |location=New York |year=2005 |pages=p.168 |isbn=0-231-12954-8 |oclc= |doi= |accessdate=] Advaita was born in Bengalin 1434, some fifty years before Chaitanya, and spent most of his adult life in the town of Shantipur, with his wife and family as a well respected leader of the local brahmanacommunity. His real name Kamalakhar Bhrttacharya.citation
author = A. N. Chatterjee
year = 1984
title = Srikṛṣṇa Caitanya: A Historical Study on Gauḍiya Vaiṣṇavism
url = http://books.google.com/books?client=firefox-a&id=mEsdAAAAMAAJ
accessdate = 2008-06-07p. 52] At Shantipur town, he taught the philosophy of
Bhagavad Gitaand Srimad Bhagavatam, and promoted the path of Bhakti Yoga, (loving service to Krishna, as the Supreme God). He is considered to be a combined incarnation ( avatar) of both Maha Vishnu and Shiva(collectively named Harihara) within the Gaudiya tradition.
According to Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, in his later years Advaita Acarya became increasingly saddened with the growing tendency of the general populous to abandon their spiritual practices in pursuit of
materialisticgoals. He believed that this was leading to a disfunctional society of unhappy individuals, and after due thought, concluded that the only solution was for him to offer prayers, begging his Supreme Lord, Krishnato come himself as an avatarand attract people back to the joyfulness of spiritual life.
After reaching this conclusion Advaita Acharya is said to have prayed fervently to Krishna for several months – crying out very loudly and worshipping him in the form of his Shaligram Shila with sacred
Tulasileaves and Gangeswater. At the end of thirteen months during an eclipse of the full moon, the Acarya’s prayers were purported answered when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu advented in the district of Mayapur, as the son of Mother Sachi.
Advaita Acarya had six sons, Acyutananda, Krsna Misra, and Gopala dasa, Balarama, Svarupa, and Jagadisa.
Many of Advaita Acarya’s activities are described in scriptural biographies such as the
Chaitanya Charitamrta, Chaitanya Bhagavataand "Advaita Prakasa". He is known to have been a close friend of both Chaitanyaand Nityanandain their mission of spreading the Hare Krishna mantra. Advaita Acharya is said to tell Caitanya Mahaprabhu, "Wherever you are is IAST| Vṛndāvana." [Harvard reference
first = Satsvarupa dasa
year = 2002
authorlink = Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
title =Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 1-2
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
pages = Ch.55
isbn = 0892133570] On the day marking his birth members of the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition hold a fest in his honour and read and discuss stories regarding his life.
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References and notes
* [http://www.salagram.net/parishad31.htm Advaita Acharya - Detailed Life Story]
* [http://www.madangopal.com/ A website dedicated to Advaita Acharya]
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