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shri-madhva-mate harih paratamah satyam jagat tattvato
bhedo jiva-gana harer anucara nicocca-bhavam gatah
muktir naija-sukhanubhutir amala bhaktish ca tat-sadhanam
akshadi-tritayam pramanam akhilamnayaika-vedyo harir iti
shri-madhva—of Shri Madhvacarya; mate—in the conception; harih—Hari; paratamah—is the Absolute Truth; satyam—real; jagat—the material world is; tattvatah—in truth; bhedah—distinction; jiva—of living entities; ganah—the multitudes; hareh—of Lord Hari; anucara—the servants; nica—lowly; ucca—and exalted; bhavam—position; gatah—attained; muktih—liberation; naija—own; sukha—bliss anubhutih—the experience; amala—pure; bhaktih—devotional service; ca—and; tat—to that end; sadhanam—the means; aksha—direct perception; adi—beginning with; tritayam—three; pramanam—sources of knowledge; akhila—all; amnaya—by the Vedas; eka—exclusively; vedyah—knowable; harih—Hari; iti—thus.
The Philosophy of Madhvacarya may be summarized in the following way: 1. Lord Hari is the Absolute Truth, and nothing is greater than He, 2. the material world is real, 3. the jivas (living entities) are different from Lord Hari, 4. the jivas are by nature Lord Hari's servants, 5. the jivas are situated in varying positions both in the material and spiritual worlds, 6. liberation does not mean an impersonal merging, but the experience of the bliss of devotional service, 7. Pure devotional service grants liberation, 8. direct perception, logic, and Vedic revelation are the three sources of knowledge, and 9. Lord Hari is revealed in the Vedic scriptures.
anandatirthai racitani yasyam
prameya-ratnani navaiva santi
pradhibhir esha hridaye nidheya
anandatirthaih—by Madhvacarya; racitani—written; yasyam—in which; prameya—of philosophical truths; nava—nine; eva—certainly; santi—are; premeya-ratnavalih—this book, Prameya-ratnavali; adarena—with great respect; pradhibhih—by those who are intelligent; esha—this book; hridaye—in the heart or upon the chest; nidheya—should be placed.'
The nine jewels of philosophical truth formulated by Madhvacarya have been described in this book. Let those who are actually intelligent, respectfully place this book, Prameya-ratnavali, within their hearts.
nityam nivasatu hridaye
chaitanyatma murarir nah
gajapatir anukampaya yasya
nityam—eternally; nivasatu—may reside; hridaye—in the heart; chaitanya—either spiritual, or Lord Chaitanya; atma—form; murarih—Lord Krishna; nah—our; niravedyah—purified; nirvritiman—and liberated; gajapatih—either Gajendra, the king of the elephants, or Maharaja Prataparudra; anukampaya—by the mercy; yasya—of whom.
This concluding verse may be interpreted either for Lord Krishna or Lord Chaitanya. Interpreted for Lord Krishna, it may be translated in the following way.
May Lord Krishna, whose form is spiritual and full of knowledge, and who mercifully purified and delivered Gajendra, the king of the elephants, eternally reside within our hearts.
Interpreted for Lord Chaitanya, the same verse may be translated in the following way.
May Lord Chaitanya, who is actually Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and who mercifully purified and delivered Maharaja Prataparudra, eternally reside within our hearts.