My father Dr.P.N.Srinivasa Rao was probably not a very fanatic Madhva. But from him on and off there were things that I learnt.
This according to him was what he learnt from a friend of his Sri Hosabettu Rama Rao.
Sri Vyasa raya swamiji compiled the components of Madhva Siddhanta from the Mahabharata. Starting with
Srimandwatae hari paratarah satyam jagattwato
Bhedho jevaganaa hareranucharaa nicchochbhavam gataah
Muktairnaijasukhanubhutirmalaa bhaktishchat tatsadhanam
Hyakshaadhitritayam pramaanamakhilaamnyaikavedyo hari.
Sri Hari is the supreme being, he differs from the mortal soul. The souls are either evolved or not. All these are part primordial could or God. Faith and devotion are the pathways to achieve realization. The path to divine Revelation could be visual, thinking or oral. Sri Hari(the Supreme God) is the only omnipotent.
The teaching of the veda are relevant even today.
The divine descendent Krishna uses Arjun as the media to educate the human race. “the supreme Lord is omnipotent and Omniscient, to discover him and know him is Moksha. This should be the aim of the soul or jivatma. Knowledge inspires devotion the ability to recognize divinity,and the path to this is either dedicated action the karmayoga, or the practised meditation the dhyanayoga”
Karma yoga has two small aspects,the sanyasa and the yoga. sanyasa is when we work with all dedication without anticipating a result. While Yoga is doing the work with awareness and dedicating the results to the Lord. But both cases become irrelevant if one has the arrogance that we are doing something, earlier the better that we realize that it is the divine ordinance and we are only the means of execution.
This kind of detachment is a meditation in itself.
Jnaayoga is another form of karma yoga. In the path of karma yoga kama dominates, while the path of jnana knowledge dominates. But karma or execution is something that everyone has to do, hence krishna’s insistance on Arjun executing his kshatriya dharma.
Another very subtle knowledge from the Gita is that dharma the way of life could be either Pravrti, or nivriti.Pravriti is working without knowledge, The Gita does not recommend this. applying knowledge to execute things without anticipating the returns is what is recommended by the Gita.
The 18 chapters of the Gita is divided into 3 parts by the scholars, the first 6 talk of karma yoga and dhyana yoga. The middle six talk of the divine and devotion,the last 6 talk of the Bhakti yoga.
None of this are sectarian, ie the scholars, caste, sex nothing matters. So what then becomes the duty of every human being.—to sincerely do one’s duty, to apply our skills to the best of our ability without anticipating any return for it.” Dedication of the deed to the divine is the best spiritual task.
Knowledge can be acquired only with experience and application, before that what we have is only information. This truth does not render our work irrelevant, as this is the preparatory period it, it guides us along the path.when we apply a knowledge to our work the joy is multifold.
As explained by Sri MadhwaAcharya the devote does complete his job when he retires, the true liberation comes when we are able to be detatched from the worldly parameters. When we are able to perform the best worship which is dictated by our thought and soul and not norms of the society, will the person be truly evolved.
The Bhagawat, teaches us to recognize the divine existence,this awareness creates strength within. The detachment follows.