Errata for Indra’s Net

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– Page 6 para 5: Tantrasamuccya should be Tantrasamuccaya

There are a few ambiguous references to the name Madhava in IN. This could mean one of the following:

  • Madhava Vidyaranya, the Advaita saint who helped establish the Vijayanagara kingdom
  • Madhvacharya the one who established Tatvavada or the Dvaita school of Vedanta.

The difference is the additional ‘a’ in the middle, Madhava or Madhva (also Madhwa).

– Page 42: “The Bhagavad Gita was a primary text long before European colonialism. Every major Hindu thinker (including Shankara, Ramanuja, and Madhava) wrote extensive commentaries on it”. This should be Madhva as Madhava Vidyaranya did not write any specific work on Gita. Madhvacharya wrote two commentaries on Gita called Gita Bhashya and Gita Tatparya.

– Page 83: “Bharati ignores the fact that long before any European exerted influence, many important Hindu thinkers, such as Shankara, Ramanuja and Vallabha, had written commentaries on Gita”. Vallabhacharya did not write a commentary on Gita. So it should be Madhvacharya.

– Page 105: “… whereas Ramanuja and Madhava emphasize bhakti (devotion)”. Perhaps it should be Madhva not Madhava as Madhava Vidyaranya was a follower of Advaita and hence did not emphasize on bhakti.

– Page 326: The notes for chapter 8 say: “… one who affirms the Vedas as the source of ultimate truth (Vijnanabhikshu Madhava etc.)”. Need to clarify what is meant by Madhava here.