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Formative years of Saint Ramanuja

Ramanuja was born Ilaya Perumal to a brahmin family in the village of Perumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India in 1017 AD. From a young age, his intelligence and ability to comprehend highly abstract philosophical points were legendary. He took initiation from Yadavacharya, a renowned Advaitic scholar. Though his new guru was highly impressed with his analytical ability, he was quite concerned by how much emphasis Ramanuja placed on bhakti. After frequent clashes over interpretation, Yadavacharya decided the young Ramanuja was becoming too much of a threat and plotted a way to kill him. However, Ramanuja's cousin Govinda Bhatta (a favourite of Yadavacharya) discovered the plot and helped him escape. An alternative version is that one of Yadavacharya's students plotted to kill Ramanuja as a means of pleasing their teacher, but Sri Ramanuja escaped in the afore-mentioned manner. Yadavacharya was horrified when learnt about the conspiracy.

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