Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Ramanujacharya (1017-1037) on his birth anniversary.
Born in 1017, Ramanujacharya also known as Ilaiya Perumal was born to Kanthimathi and Asuri Kesava Somayaji in Sriperumbadur, Chennai.
He is known for his influential thinking towards devotional Hinduism.
The great poet-saint Ramanuja was an eminent teacher and the founder of Vishishtadwaita.
He is an expert in Vedic scriptures.
A community of Vaishnavites has been following his path called Vedanta.
Sri Ramanujacharya was also known for his social reforms.
He had a vision towards Lord Vishnu and his consort Shri and instituted a daily worship ritual for them. He later moved to Kanchipuram.
Shri Ramanujacharya wrote nine scriptures called Navaratnas and composed numerous commentaries on Vedic scriptures.
Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti
Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti has been recently observed on April 25.
Also known as Adi Shankara, he is one of the most important figures in Hindu philosophy who played a major role in the revival of Hinduism.
He attained the knowledge of all the Vedas at the age of 8.
Later on, he travelled across the country and established four peeths in four directions;
Jagannath Puri temple in the East
Shringeri Peeth in Rameshwaram in the South
Sharda Math in the West
Jyotirmath or the Badrinath Dham in the North
A perfect example of his teachings is “Brahma Satyam Jagan Mithya Jivo Brahmaiva Na Aparah” This translates to Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; this world is unreal; and the Jiva or the individual soul is non-different from Brahman.”
He preached his Advaita philosophy. He preached that the supreme Brahman is Nirguna (without any Guna), Nirakara (formless), Nirvisesha (without any attribute), and Akarta (without any agent).
Upadesa Sahasri: A Thousand Teachings, written by Adi Shankaracharya is a book of his teachings
Dalai Lama gets 1959 Ramon Magsaysay Award
The 1959 Ramon Magsaysay Award was presented to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after 64 years.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award, often called the "Nobel Prize of Asia", is an annual award.
It is established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.
The prize was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government.