113 minutes | Aug 30th 2020

Sri Vaishnava Dharma, Modernity and an Upanyasaka: A Conversation with Dushyanth Sridhar

Join Mukunda Raghavan and Krishna Parthasarathy as they speak with Dushyanth Sridhar, a Pauranika scholar, public lecturer on Sanatana Dharma and Upanyasakar. He has spoken extensively on Vedanta, Sri Vaishnavism, Puranas, Itihasas, Philosophy, Indic Civilization and a host of other topics. He has lectured in English, Tamil, and Hindi. He is the founder of www.desikadaya.org and has written, produced and starred in a movie about the 13th century poet, logician, philosopher and mystic Vedanta Desika. In this episode, we discuss a host of topics including:

00:01:15 Introduction and Background of Dushyanth Sridhar
00:07:20 What drove Dushyanth to become an Upanyasaka
00:10:50 Dushyanth’s Gurus and Influences (using Carnatic Music as an example)
00:17:00 Belief and Doubts in Understanding (using Varna Ashrama Dharma as an example)
00:21:40 Discussion on Varna in Mahabharata, Ramayana and other texts 00:29:52 Dushyanth’s connection to Carnatic Music
00:30:45 Modernity and the Tradition of Upanyasa (the Harry Potter connection) 00:39:20 Media and Hindu Literature
00:42:40 Philosophy in General and Advaita and Visisthadvaita in particular 00:54:00 Ramanujacharya and Alvars and their Impact throughout India 00:59:00 Caste, Varna and Ramanujacharya
01:16:45 Colonialism and Indian Civilization: Power vs Philosophy
01:21:25 Sri Vaishnavism the Relationship between Lakshmi and Vishnu 01:24:06 Where the other Devas and Devis fit into Sri Vaishnavism
01:40:25 What is impact of wearing a naman, vibhuti or other insignia with the modern world
01:46:10 Dushyanth’s near future projects and goals
01:49:10 Final Thoughts: what we can take from Ramanuja’s philosophy and improve our world

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