Among the galaxy of Acharyas of our
country, three stand out: Acharya Shankara who preached Advaita (Monism), Acharya
Ramanuja who preached Vishishtadwaita (a blend of Monism and Dualism), and Acharya
Madhwa who preached Dwaita (Dualism). "This world is an illusion; only God is
true," said Shankara. "God is the soul of the universe; hence this body is also
real," said Ramanuja. "This universe is a playful creation of God. Let us not
try to diminish it by denouncing it," said Madhwa.
In old texts, Acharya Madhwa's Dwaita philosophy, is described Tattwavada.
He maintained: "This world, is not an illusion. God is not a magician He signifies
the duty of truth. This world should be considered as a school understand Gods
It is to the credit of Karnataka that it should have contributed such a great,
philosopher as Madhwa to the world,
Acharya Madhwa was a Kannadig. He was born in the small village Pajaka near Udupi on
Karnatakas we, coast. It is a picturesque village flanked by two small hillocks. In
a corner stand an ancient temple of Durga. At the foot of another hillock is a temple of
Parashurama. Pajaka is a village rich in greenery.
The earth on which the Acharya walked stands blessed. Every stone here stands witness
to hundreds of stories relating to his early years.