Madhvacharya is the proponent of the Dvaita school of Vedanta philosophy.

This school, unlike the other schools of Vedanta, believes:

  1. God, souls, and the universe are all eternally distinct and separate.
  2. Souls can be trapped in hell for eternity.
  3. Souls have their own nature. There are "good souls", "ok souls", and "bad souls" that God creates. These souls are destined to heaven, eternal transmigration, or eternal hell, respectively.

These beliefs are almost identical to the Abrahamic religions, with a slight Vedantic twist.

Madhvacharya lived from 1238 to 1317, when Islam started making its way into south India and started converting people. Is it possible that he tweaked Vedantic teachings to cater towards converts to Islam, in the hopes that they return to Vedanta?

This is similar to the commonly held belief by most previous Acharyas (Ramanujacharya, etc) that Shankaracharya of the Advaita Vedanta school, who lived when Buddhism was very popular, was preaching Vedanta that was very similar to Buddhism, leading people of later times to think that he was doing so in order to bring followers of Buddhism back to Vedanta.

This is also similar to a much more recent claim, that Swami Vivekananda was preaching a form of Vedanta that was highly politicized and fitting for its time (early 1900s India), with claims like "all religions are the same", "castes are discriminatory so abolish it", "Hinduism is pro women", "Yugas and kalpas aren't true" (because it conflicted with Darwinism).

So, is it possible that Madhvacharya was influenced by Islam, or at least took into consideration?

Are there any works in which Madhvacharya speaks about Islam? Or did he arrive at his Vedantic conclusions solely through an independent study of the Vedas?

NOTE: I am not disparaging Madhvacharya.

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  • Um, Swami Vivekananda was opposed to Darwinism.
    – user9969
    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:30
  • This lack of knowledge this is not statement if madhva philosophy it's in BG 16.19 to 16.21 slokha it's only rananujacharya contradicts this gita statement
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    Jul 4, 2021 at 3:28

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Even though it appears as something weird to followers of Madhvacharya, this particular has a point and a sense hidden it.

Points that clearly denote acharya Madhva's ideology is same as Islam:- Acharya Madhva's friendship with Jalaluddin khilji. Acharya Madhva saying Muslim God and Narayana are same. Acharya Madhva accepting Allah as Vishnu. Acharya Madhva speaking Muslim language. Acharya Madhva teaches taratamya for hindu gods but says Allah and Vishnu are same. Many apparent similarities with Islam.

Reference for all such is here:- https://www.pakkapatriot.com/biography-of-madhvacharya-his-philosophy-with-photos/ http://gururaghavendra1.org/~srsmutt/acharya/north_second.html

Madhvaachaarya's dvaita cannot be and is not completely Vedantic which is known to every Vedic followers, hence we can conclude that Madhva philosophy was influenced by Islam.

Islam says Muhammad is servant messenger of God, which is similar to "Allah sarvottama mohammada jeevottama" in the same way Acharya madhva considers himself as servant messenger of God Vishnu.

Considering some of the very strong points like Madhvacharya's friendship with Islam kings, Madhvacharya speaking Muslim language and he saying Muslim God is his God. Moreover just like modern Islamic people fight for their religion's supremacy over other, the madhva people of South India are also such people who try to mislead people by preaching pure wrong stuff about advaita and Vishistadvaita and try to glorify their Dvaita-vada.

Hence, Madhvaacharya can be considered as a being who was influenced by Islamic people to be frank and honest.

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    Can you point his Islamic influence directly from his works? That will be more authentic claim than referring to websites or biographies. Jul 2, 2021 at 7:21
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    The Madhva vijaya authored by a person called Narayana pandit is accepted by all madhvas as authentic history of Madhvacharya as that author was grand disciple of Madhvacharya himself. That book has authentic text of Madhvacharya encountering Islam king (interpreted as Jalaluddin khilji by later authors) and he compromising that Allah is his god. More importantly what I feel personally is that irrespective of religion and religious ideologies Madhvas and Islam people are not so different in their ideologies. Especially just as Islam talk bad and criticize others religions Madhvas do the same. Jul 5, 2021 at 11:32

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