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It is not difficult to see that I am not a scholar or great devotional exponent, but simply one who, for birth after birth, has struggled in the ocean of birth and death before coming in contact with the great Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. Somehow by their causeless mercy upon me I am here.


Though I am completely unqualified to have even taken on this task in the first place, both academically and spiritually, it has been an incredible experience researching and compiling these wonderful pastimes of Madhvacarya for the pleasure of you all. It is He is the original personification of both guru and discple, for He fulfilled the desires of guru and Krishna, by giving the much needed truth to all soft hearted souls.


Dear readers, I humbly beg at your feet, whatever defects which you may find to be there in this book, I am sorry and please forgive me. My only purpose in writing this book is to somehow or another absorb you (the reader) and myself in tasting the nectar of Vaisnavism - Krishna consciousness, as lived by the great acaryas throughout the ages. Now please take a look into some of the background of how this book is even coming to you; by the Lord's grace it is not an ordinary thing. This is not a novel nor is it mythology, but to realize this one has to first open the door of the storehouse and absorb oneself in it's contents. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. One simply cannot lick the outside of a jar of honey to analyze the sweet contents, so similarly, you can't judge a book by simply looking at the cover. Cliches maybe, but if you want, you can taste this endless flow of nectar coming directly from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna. Though it is not possible to understand if one is a mere mundaner, this subject matter has been collected up, like specks of dust which float upon the sun's rays, and which have come to illuminate and reveal at least a fraction of the nectar which is available to those who have surrendered their lives to the Lord, actually though I compilled this work it is not my doing.


That which follows is an outline of how this flow of nectar comes down into this world through the system of guru parampara. How much, or to what extent is the legacy of our hero Shripad Madhvacarya Bhagavatapada will be revealed subsequently when we look through the philosophy that he propounded. As will be mentioned in full later, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead said to Madhva on their meeting that He would accept Madhvacarya's pure Vaishnava philosophy, and on further examination, one will not disagree that Madhva's philosophy is echoed throughout the Gaudiya line. Further commentaries and lucidations have been made on it by many of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, which can be traced back to Shrila Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis, Jiva Goswami, Baladeva Vidyabhusana, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and many in between. All these dynamic preachers of Krishna consciousness were heavily influenced by the lucid teachings of Shripad Madhvacarya.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Who appears in a multitude of pastimes to fulfil the ardent prayers of the faithful devotees, has personally picked one of His foremost surrendered and faithful devotees (Vayudeva, otherwise known as Mukhyaprana) to take up His mission. For this reason alone every Vaishnava is eternally grateful to such a pure and surrendered soul as Mukhyaprana (Madhwacarya) by his willingness to accept the Lord's mission, and by the will of the Lord, everything has been put in its rightful perspective, kicking out the philosophies of avidya (ig - norance).


There are specific reasons why I have compiled the introductory chapter of this book in the way I have, and that is so that when it comes time to look into the actual life of Madhvacarya, given the background and nature of such a great personality, the Acarya will not be seen as an ordinary man or as just some legendary, or mythological personality; instead he will be seen as the pure empowered representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, entrusted with the Lord's mission to preach and save the world from the poisonous philosophies of the age of Kali. My other reason for compiling these chapters in this way was for my own realization and purification, and to somehow or another gain the mercy of sad-guru.