By Swami Harshananda
The philosopher saint Vedānta Deśika is considered as next to Rāmāmija in the Viśiṣṭādvaita tradition. He was a prolific writer not only in Sanskrit but also in Tamil. Among the independent treatises on Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta written by him, the Tattvamuktākalāpa is an important work. It comprises of 500 verses in the long meter "sragdharā".
It has five chapters dealing with five different aspects of the philosophy such as:
- Jaḍadravya - prakṛti or nature
- Jīva - individual souls
- Nāyaka - God
The Sarvārthasiddhi in verses is his own commentary on the Tattvamuktākalāpa elucidating the finer aspects of the system.
- He lived in A. D. 1268-1370.
- He lived in A. D. 1017-1137
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore