ಅಜ್ಞಾನ ತಿಮಿರ ಛೇದಂ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಪತ್ ಪ್ರದಾಯಕಂ l
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Agnyana timira chedam buddhi sampat pradayakam |
Vignyana Vimalam shaantham Vijayakhyam gurum bhaje ||
Sri Sri Vijaya Dasaru (1682-1755)
Sri Vijaya Dasa is one of the most renowed scholars and philosophers in Dwaita philosophy as well Dasa Sahitya. He is revered as the spiritual heir of Sri Purandara Dasa. Vijaya means win and he is regarded as the one who knows how to win the heart of Hari and Hari Bhaktas, through his compositions.
Lineage : He is regarded as the reincarnation of Bruga Muni. It is believed that in KRutha Yuga he incarnated as a disciple of Naarada, in THretha YUga as a monkey called Suraleela, in DWapara YUga as a Yadava called Nikampana (Yadaava) and in Kali yuga as a calf and later as a brahmin. Bruga muni is also known as the tAratamya saint since he proclaimed that Hari was the highest and most powerful among all gods. etc.
Birth : He was born in a very poor Brahmin family in Chekalaparvi of Manwi Taluk in Raichur District. His parents were Sri Srinivasappa and Kusamma. He went to Kashi (Varanasi) for four years for studies and later returned to his native land.
He married Aralamma at the age of 16 and had a troubled domestic life because of poverty. He want back to Kashi (Varanasi) after his parents’ death. He became a renowned sanskrit scholar. One day he had a dream in which Sri Purandara Dasa appeared, initiated him into the order of Dasas and gave him the ankitha of ‘Vijay Vittala’. From then on, he was known as Vijaya Dasa. His compositions were revered as holy.
Works : He spent the rest of his life popularizing Dwaita concepts, the works of Srimadacharya and Hari Bhakti mala’s. He has written about 25,000 Padya Sulyadi i.e *UGAHA BHOGHA* ‘s, his works are called kalasha’s creations, Urasu’s creations. In Kannada sahitya his literary works are regarded as second only to those of Sri Purandara Dasa. He is affectionately called Dasa Shresta, for his personality, knowledge and the brilliant disciples he left behind.