After the Mahabharata war ended, the palace of Duryodhana and Dushashana was occupied by Bhima and Arjuna respectively!!
Sri Jagannatha Dasa, one of the greatest Haridasas and the author of “Harikathamruthasara” was initially a staunch opposer of the Hari Dasa system and had even called the great Vijaya Dasa a mere “singer of Kannada songs”.
When Sri Madhva composed his magnificent work Anu-Vyakhyana (at the behest of Trivikrama Panditacharya), he narrated each of the four chapters simultaneously to four students who wrote them down!
When, in the 18th century, the British Government decided to take away the land belonging to the Mantralaya Matha, the locals appealed to them to not do so. A committee under Sir Thomas Munroe took over. Sir Thomas Munroe decided to visit the Brundavana himself. After spending a few minutes inside, he came back a completely changed man saying he actually spoke to Swamiji and received his blessings.
The British did not touch the land after that, an event recorded in the official Madras gazeteer!
One of the important points brought out by Sri Madhvacharya was the “taratamya” or hierarchy amongst Jivas (sentient beings). Vishnu and Mahalakshmi, are of course, on top and out of the taratamya list. Next follows Brahma, Vayu, their wives, Anantha, Shesha, Rudra and so on. This hierarchy is naturally reflected in our material world as well.
Also, if you are just interested in just the list and the order of the hierarchy (in English), you can read this page.
On the ocassion of Ganesha Chathurthi, I am uploading the lyrics of two padas by Haridasas composed in praise of Lord Ganapati (in Kannada script). One is Nammamma Sharade by Sri Kanaka Dasa and the other one is Gajavadana Beduve by Sri Purandara Dasa.
Wish everyone a very happy Ganesha Chaturthi. May Lord Vishvambhara, through Ganapati, bless all of us!
When Sri Madhvacharya presented his Gita Bhashya (Commentary on the Bhagavadgita) to Sri Veda Vyasa at Uttara Badari, he was asked to make only one correction. Consequently, Sri Madhva changed the line where he stated that he had written the work with the “best of his ability” (Vakshyaami Shaktitaha) to say he had stated things with “as little effort as possible” (Vakshyaami leshataha)!