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Re: Koora NaarAyaNa Jeeyar's provenance.

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Jun 19 2001 - 13:45:10 PDT

Dear BhakthAs: 

With the earlier inputs from Sri Mani Vararadarjan, K.M.Narayanan
and the new input from Sri Anand Karalapakkam , I have nothing more 
to add . I thank all of them for their valued inputs.
Sri Anand's comments relating to the contributiuons /conclusions 
of Sri Utthamur Swamy's research are most revealing.
Thanks again , Sri Anand!
The authorship of the commentaries on 
the TaitthirIya and MaanDUkya Upanishds 
is still in doubt. It is not clear whether during 
the Post-Swamy Desikan time , Koora NaarAyana 
Jeeyar  wrote the commentaries on the above
two upanishads. 

Namo NarAyanA!

>SrI Lakshminrusimha ParabramhaNE namaH
>SrI nArAyaNa yateendra mahAdESikAya namaH
> namO nArAyaNa!
> Dear SrI Sadagopan,

> The two KUra-nArAyaNa JIyars are different.
> The author of SudarSaNa-Satakam is a disciple
> of SrI KUratAzhwAn/SrI ParASara Bhattar.
> The author of ISAvAsyOpanishad BhAshyam belongs to the 
> post-SwAmi Desika Period. But, this JIyar is not the 
> author of few other Upanishad BhAshyams which also 
> carries the author name as "KUra-nArAyaNa JIyar".
> SrI UtthamUr SwAmi has done some research analysis on this issue,
> in his edition on ISAvAsyopanishad with the commentaries of 
> SwAmi DESikan and SrI KUra-NArAyaNa JIyar, dated 1948. SwAmi 
> takes into account the Adayar Manuscript resources. After careful
> analysis and ruling out many possibilities, SwAmi concludes
> that it is the 22nd HH JIyar of SrI Ahobila Muth who authored the 
> ISavAsyopanishad BhAshyam in hand. There is a small confusion as 
> to whether it is 12th HH JIyar of SrI Ahobila Muth. 
> SrI PuttUr SwAmi in his Tamil exposition on ISAvAsyopanishad 
> (mainly spelling out the essentials esp from the bhAshyam of 
>  a thennAchArya, SrI PuriSai Ra~ngAchArya (*) ) cites SrI UtthamUr 
>  SwAmi's edition/analysis and says - It has been concluded 
>  there by SrI UtthamUr SwAmi that the author is 12th HH JIyar
>  of SrI Ahobila Muth. aDiyEn will write more on this later
>  and briefly stating the analysis of SrI UtthamUr SwAmi (Haven't
>  read it completly until now ...Will gothrough it soon). 
> (*): SrI PuriSai Ra~ngAchArya (SPR) was a well accomplished 
>      thenkalai scholar belonging to the later 19th Century and 
>      begining of 20th Century. SrI InjimEttu Azhagiyasi~ngar in his 
>      pUrvAshramam learnt many texts of NyAya SAstra under him.
>      SPR wrote a bhAshyam to ISAvAsyopanishad which has its
>      speciality in criticizing the view-points of advaita - The 
>      highlighting feature of this BhAshyam. But alongside,
>      SwAmi DESikan's BhAshyam has also been criticized. Well,
>      SrI "Abhinava DESika" UtthamUr SwAmi has written a highly 
>      scholarly rebuttal to SPR's bhAshyam to establish the 
>      soundness of SwAmi DESikan's bhAshyam. This work named 
>      "AchArya-BhAshya-TAtparyaH" involves lot of polemics drawing 
>      profuse usage of PUrva-MImAmsa {and also VyAkaraNa (Skt Grammar)
>      wherever needed} to establish SrI VEdAnta DESika's 
>      interpretation to be perfect and thereby refuting all the 
>      criticisms levelled against it. It is filled with many hair 
>      splitting arguments. What struck aDiyEn the most was 
>      the detailed argument on "antarvyApti vichAra" in mantra 5 -
>      It runs for "many...." pages. This original creation - a 
>      quite detailed bhAshyam- by the genius abhinava dESika was 
>     extremly admired by SrI InjimEttu Azhagiyasingar for its 
>     amazing insights. 
>     BTW, for one to have a hand on this commentary, he must make 
>     sure that he is very good in PUrva-MImAmsa, Uttara-MImAmsa and 
>     VyAkaraNa !! Some NyAya SAstra based parishkArAs are also used 
>    by SwAmi which begs the understanding of Navya-NyAya also ! 
>    Basically, a  Chatur-SAstra VidvAn can understand the flow of 
>    all the arguments without much of scratching the head. 
> aDiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
> anantapadmanAbhan.      

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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