Among the eighteen Mahapuranas, perhaps the most popular one among Vaishnavas today is the Bhagavata Purana, AKA the Srimad Bhagavatam. Yet Ramanujacharya, the most prominent member of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) doesn't quote from it at all in his writings.

Various explanations of this have been proposed, e.g. that the Bhagavatam was viewed as having Advaita overtones until the time of Madhvacharya, or that the Bhagavatam was a devotional text and thus not suited for Ramunjacharya's philosophical arguments with his opponents. Still, a lot of Western Indologists use this fact to argue that the Srimad Bhagavatam was a later work composed after the time of Ramanujacharya, and that all the passages in Hindu scripture (e.g. in other Puranas and the Mahabharata) which refer to the Bhagavatam are later interpolations.

But my purpose here isn't to adjudicate this dispute, other then to say that as a Sri Vaishnava I personally accept the Srimad Bhagavatam as an authentic work composed by Vyasa. My question is, who was the first Sri Vaishnava Acharya who actually quoted from the Srimad Bhagavatam in his works?

Note that I'm not looking for allusions to stories that happen to be in the Srimad Bhagavatam. I'm looking for direct quotes from the text of the Bhagavatam. And I'm specifically interested in Sri Vaishnava Acharyas, since the Bhagavatam now plays such a prominent role in the Sri Vaishnava sect.

  • @@Keshav-Sri Sudarsana suri, (senior contemporary of Vedanta Desika and Pillai Lokaacharya) the famous author of sruthaprakasika, has written a commentary on srimad bhagavatham called Shuka paksheeya. Another commentary on bhagavatham, a detailed one was written by Sri VeeraRaghavachary (14 century AD?) from Vishistadvaita point of view. But, i dont know who was the first srivaisnava acharya to quote bhagavatham . – user808 May 28 '15 at 7:18
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    @Krishna Did Ramanujacharya's disciples ever quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam? – Keshav Srinivasan May 28 '15 at 12:21
  • As far as Ramanuja went his purpose was to drag in 4000 divya prabandham and reconcile it with the vedas ,the 4000 itself being the kernel of the vedas and satvic puranas,one effect is the divya prabandam group in front of the lord with his consorts followed by the vedas at the rear whenever the lord comes out of the temple or even for that matter the routine inside the temple. – user7070 Jul 6 '16 at 2:12
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    @Vishalprabhulawande Ramanujacharya never wrote a commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam or any other Purana. He only wrote two commentaries: a commentary on the Brahma Sutras and a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. But other Sri Vaishnava Acharyas have written commentaries on the Bhagavatam, although none of them have been translated into English. Do you know Sanskrit? If so I can give you the links to Sanskrit Sri Vaishanava commentary on the Bhagavatam. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 30 '16 at 9:28
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    @KeshavSrinivasan can you please give me link? – Vishal prabhu lawande Nov 30 '16 at 9:44

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