Beach 5: DEVOTEES OF THE LORD

Wave 2: Ten Gems of Superlative Devotion

Namdev. Kabir. Chaitanya. Purandara. Eknath. Tulsi. Bhattadri. Bhaskararaya. Thiagaraja Swami. Srila Prabhupada.

Bhaskara-raya (1690-1785) is the unquestioned authority for all questions pertaining to the worship of Mother Goddess. The worship of Sakti involves many hidden meanings of mantras and coded passages. The Hindu religious world owes a lot to Bhaskara-raya for his writings on these meanings, revealed to Him by the Goddess Herself. Many a miracle in the life of Bhaskara-raya substantiate the fact of these revelations. His works are all very profound. They number more than forty and range from vedanta to poems of devotion, from logic and grammar to the labyrinths and nuances of the science of Tantric worship and commentaries on rare works to original compositions on rare subjects. Of these his commentary on the lalitA-sahasranAma and his scientific commentary on the SrI vidyA mantra are most well known.

Bhaskararaya was born in Bhaga in Maharashtra. His father was a great scholar who initiated the son in the scholarly traditions even at an early age. He was taken to Benares and put under the tutelaege of a renowned Pundit there. He was initiated into the Sri VidyA mantra (the most prestigious mantra of the Goddess) by Guru Sivadutta Shukla of Surat. Later he toured the Gujarat region and won in debate several scholars of the Madhwa tradition. A disciple king of his invited him to the South and gifted him a whole village on the banks of the Cauvery. Bhaskara-raya made that village his headquarters for the rest of his life. It later came to be known as Bhaskararajapuram. During his stay there and in nearby towns the spiritual and psychic greatness of Bhaskara-raya got revealed through scores of miracles.

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