Who was the spiritual master of Madhavendra Puri and how they met?

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Question
Who was the spiritual master of Madhavendra Puri and how they met?

 

Answer
The Guru of Madhavendra Puri was Laksmipati Tirtha, who was a disciple of Vyasa Tirtha.

So the parampara from Sri Caitanya up to Vyasa Tirtha is
Lord Caitanya
Isvara Puri
Madhavendra Puri
Laksmipati Tirtha
Vyasa Tirtha

 

Some say that Nityananda Prabhu was initiated by Madhavendra Puri while others holds that he was Laksmipati Tirtha’s disciple. If this second version is true, Madhavendra Puri and Nityananda Prabhu are godbrothers.

Srila Prabhupada confirms this possiblity by saying:
“Sri Nityananda Prabhu was initiated by Madhavendra Puri, a sannyasi. According to others, however, He was initiated by Lakshmipati Tirtha.”
From the Caitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila 3.8.128.

 

According to some Sri Laksmipati Tirtha was born in the years 1420 and passed away in 1487.

 

There is a very nice story about Laksmipati Tirtha. I’ll tell it some other time.

 

One thing is sure, that not many know much about the period immediately following the birth of Madhvacarya, who happened in 1,238 AD. There are 200 years between Madhvacarya and Lakmipati Tirtha and 13 Acaryas.

1. Madhva
2. Padmanabha
3. Nrhari
4. Madhava
5. Aksobhya
6. Jaya Tirtha
7. Jnanasindhu
8. Dayanidhi
9. Vidyanidhi
10. Rajendra
11. Jayadharma
12. Purusottama
13. Brahmanya Tirtha
14. Vyasa Tirtha
15. Laksmipati

We should do more research.

 

About how they met, I read the story years ago and I can’t find it nor I can recall where I read it. Maybe in Nityananda Caritamrita. I’ll let you know.

 

– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
30 Jul 2019

 

 

 

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