Harivyasadeva

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Harivyāsadeva (15th century A. D.) was an important teacher of the Vaishnav school of Dvaitā-dvaita (also known as the Nimbārka school). He was a disciple of the musician-saint Śrībhatṭa. He used to live mostly in Vṛndāvan[1] near Nāradṭīlā (Nārada’s mound).

He was fond of taking pilgrimages, spreading bhakti through discourses and written compositions and organizing the people for assisting him in this task of uplifting dharma and devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa. He propagated the worship and mantrajapa of Narasimha, the fierce aspect of Lord Viṣṇu in order to make society more virile.

He is also believed to have stopped animal sacrifice in some Devī temples in the Himālayan region.

His works include a commentary (in Sanskrit) on Vedāntaratnamañjusā by Puruṣottamācārya, a famous teacher of the Nimbārka school.

His disciple Svabhurām worked hard in the Punjab to bring peace among the warring factions of certain sects. Another another disciple, Paraśurāmadeva successfully countered the anti-Hindu activities of the Muslim fakirs.

References

  1. It is situated in the Mathurā district in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore