Monday, November 10, 2008

Dr. S.M. Srinivasa Chari

Renowned Vedanthic scholar and author of many books on the subject of Vedantha passed away a few days ago. He was 86 and passed away in Los Angeles, CA. About 4-5 years ago, I picked up his book on "Vaishnavism, Its Philosophy, Theology & Religious Discipline" out of the blue, while browsing at a bookshop in Madras Central Station. We read and - sometimes - write about big renowned authors and their writing styles. There are times when I wonder about intelligent people who - because they chose to write about esoteric subjects - were condemned to anonymity. These were authors who lucidly conveyed their thoughts in an effortless manner and took you through complicated subject matters in little baby steps. Dr. SMS Chari is one of those unsung authors. Several times while reading the book, I'd come across a well presented nuance and wonder about the good fortune that led me to randomly purchase that book. Some of the books that he has written are as follows
1) Vaishnavism - Its Philosophy ,Theology and Religious discipline
(2) Advaita and Visishtadvaita based on Swamy Desikan's Sata Dhushani
(3) Fundamentals of Visishtadhvaita based on Sawmy Desikan's Tattva Mukta Kalaapa
(4) The Philosophy of Vedanta Sutras
(5) The Philosphy of Upanishads
(6) The Philosophy of Bhagavad Gita
(7) AdhikaraNa SaarAvaLi of Swamy Desikan
(8) The Philosophy and Theistic Mysticism of the Alvars
(9) Para Mata Bhangam based on Swamy Desikan's SrI Sookthy dealing with Sva Paksha Sthapanam and Para Mata Kantanam .
Source: Oppiliappan Kovil Sadagopan

13 comments:

Maha said...

enna .. rendu moonu posta - obituray/homage column-a transform aaguthu?
-m

karthik said...

thanks for sharing..

I said...

Vainava theeviravadhathai ozhippom!

Venkat said...

thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Next to The Hindu's obituary column, your blog site is the most reliable site for such news.

Arksantos said...

I was hoping you would write something about India being rid of Kumble, Ganguly signing off and India winning over the Aussies. A post about cricket in between the obits would be nice dude. :)

Anonymous said...

hi,
i have been reading your blogs for sometime now..quite interesting..

same observation as mentioned a couple others - y too much obitua(wor)rying this month (well...no fault of yours though that they passed away in quick succession - i understand- but just an observation)

Next a question - i was expecting you to blog about the recent US election results - but was surprised to see no mention of it(or did it miss it??) i read your disclaimer long back - so dunno if you had squeezed in a bhishma sabadam around not discussing politics in you blogs...(like our barber shops that have boards saying - 'no paalitiks please')

but good work - keep it going...cheers

Aravamudan

Anonymous said...

Hayo ppl expect u to write abt election .....hayo hayo
Epdi natla ethana perai emathi erka

Arun Sundar said...

lol at 'i'! :)

Krishnan said...

I happened to see his name in the obituary column of The Hindu a day or two back and was wondering about his work. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

Alan Smithee said...

Is that oppiliappan meaning peerless or is that uppiliappan meaning "no salt"? My mom says both and I vaguely remember having tasted saltless adai there. Hopefully you can resolve this.

Hawkeye said...

maha,

enna panna - people passing away.

karthink,

np.

I,

irukarthe moonuu peru ithula theevravadham vera.

venkat,

sure thing.

anon,

:-)

arksantos,

a post on kumble imminent


aravamudhan,

Thanks for visiting and your nice comments.

/* Next a question - i was expecting you to blog about the recent US election results - but was surprised to see no mention of it(or did it miss it??) i read your disclaimer long back - so dunno if you had squeezed in a bhishma sabadam around not discussing politics in you blogs... */

yes. I dont blog about politics. I am not interested in that subject. Frankly I forgot that it was election day, did not even know the counting had started etc and was watching some sitcom. I found out about Obama win in the gym TV.

anon,

theriliye.

arun,

*I* will convert 'I'.

krishnan,

np.

alan smithee,

oppiliappan = "uppu illa appan" = no salt. As a result of him marrying a girl who did not know how to cook food or cook it with salt.

I get only sweets from Oppiliappa kovil maDapalLi as they serve all else without salt :-)

Anonymous said...

alan smithee (or should i say his mother?) is right.

the name can be broken down as either uppu-illaa-appan (without salt)or oppu-illaa-appan (peerless).

the former version makes raference to the puranic tale of lord vishnu appearing to sage markandeya as an old man and asking for his six-year-old daughter's (bhoo devi in reality) hand in marriage out of the blue, whereupon markandeya maharishi comes up with the excuse that his daughter would not be an ideal mate since in her youthful inexperience she would not even know the right proportion of salt to add to food, prompting mahavishnu to trounce this argument by solemnly announcing that he would henceforth eschew salt.

the latter version is drawn from swami nammaazhvar's characterisation of this lord as 'than-oppaar-illappan'(the one without an equal) in his devotional magnum opus thiruvaaymozhi.